Marissa Stapley

02MARISSA STAPLEY is a freelance writer and former magazine editor whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle Canada, and many others. Marissa decided she was fated to become a novelist when she discovered, at the age of nine, that she was born on the same day as L.M. Montgomery.  She bought a notebook and started writing everything down. Hundreds of notebooks later, Mating for Life, her first novel, will be released by Simon & Schuster Canada in June and Atria Books in July. Marissa lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children, where she teaches writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading–and when she can’t find one notebook, she just starts a new one.



Stapley_Mating for Life coverHelen Sear was a feminist wild child and an iconic folk singer who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—Liane, Ilsa, and Fiona—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her—and while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning the ideals she once guarded so fiercely.

As Helen begins to realize that a more conventional romance may be the secret to her happiness, her daughters are questioning the lives they have established.  Liane, the youngest, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate, but worries about what will happen if the magic fades. Ilsa, an artist, is trying to settle down, and fears that simply putting her bohemian past behind her won’t be enough to make her second marriage stick. It’s not until Fiona, the eldest—who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine—discovers that her husband has been harboring a huge secret that the Sear women will come together as never before. In the process, they’ll realize that their pasts don’t have to define their presents—and that above all else, their greatest loves have always been each other.

Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her girls, and the women surrounding them, Mating for Life is a captivating, joyful celebration of mothers and daughters, sisters and spouses, and the kinds of love that last a lifetime.


Praise for Mating for Life!

“[An] intriguing and heartbreaking debut novel.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Acute and richly moving, Mating for Life triumphantly reaffirms the power of female relationships.”

–Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Overseas and A Hundred Summers

“Stapley is an heir to the likes of Wolitzer and Atwood, with an eye that misses nothing in the way we love, hurt, leave, support and sabotage each other and ourselves.”

—Grace O’Connell, bestselling author of Magnified World

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