Society idealizes marriage as being the only route to happiness, fulfillment and completion for young women. Love and Text Messages exposes the dark side of marriage through one woman’s story of the loss of her identity in her marriage and her journey to reclaim her authentic self through a series of untraditional relationships and experiences that help her choose how she wants to show up in the world.
Natalie V. Whales beat the odds. As a 21-year-old, African-American college educated woman, she found and married a successful, heterosexual, African-American man.But with that commitment came the surrendering of her identity and the revelation that her marriage was toxic to her true self. Natalie seeks to regain control of her life by experiencing a multitude of complex and intriguing relationships all told via text messaging.
Through what’s been considered an impersonal communication method, Natalie V. Whales chronicles her surreal text message conversations exchanged between she and her lovers to expose her often-torrid relationships as well as her challenge to balance her “real” and “texting” world.
Exposing her “texting world” to the real world, Natalie V. Whales invites readers to experience this seemingly conventional divorced single mom’s parallel universe filled with unpredictable and often unbelievable “sexcapades”.
Demonstrating that one can love and be loved through texting, Natalie V. Whales shares her text conversations with her lovers and friends to unmask the extension of her “real life” that is the identity of her true self