Do we want to see our idols laid bare? For years I admired Dominique Browning, her cool light-eyed gaze showing calm reserve from her monthly editor's letter for House & Garden magazine. I imagined her life full of wine-soaked adventures with professional bon vivant Jay McInerney; long days spent poring over beautiful photographs; travels around the world and encounters with notable celebrities. But what happens when the woman who seems to have it all loses the magazine that is the center of her universe? First, we learn, she eats, then she wallows a bit, then she at last she remakes her own life. Slow Love, recently out in paperback is the chronicle of that passage.
Browning's recipe for getting out of her post-job funk isn't one that is easily accessible to others. Her huge network of connections amassed from years under the Conde Nast umbrella and her own hinted at financial resources offering her a refuge that she seems only half aware of. What does translate well is how she takes lessons from nature, whether it is in her garden or in the tidal marshscape outside her door. And like nature and its relentless rhythms, this story doesn't sum up neatly. The reader is under the impression that this is only the beginning of Browning's new adventures, hopefully ones she will also chronicle with the same detailed and elegant style.
Slow Love is available now in digital and paperback at Barnes&Noble.com.