Why Don't You Love Me?

Paul Rainey


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Drawn and Quarterly
24 January 2023
ISBN: 9781770466319
224 pages

From the publisher

A couple struggles through their unhappy marriage in this dark science-fiction comedy. Claire and Mark are in the doldrums of an unhappy marriage. She doesn t get out of her bathrobe and chain-smokes while slumped on the couch.

Mark has lost track of the days and can t get the kids to school on time. They ve lost interest in family and order-in pizza and chinese food every night. Mark sleeps on the couch and has trouble remembering his son s name.

He feels like a fraud at work but somehow succeeds. Claire stalks an ex-boyfriend. How could he have left her to this life? Claire and Mark are both plagued by the idea that this is all a dream.

Didn t they have different lives? When reports of an imminent nuclear war come on the radio, the truth begins to dawn on them: this is not the life they chose. Why Don t You Love Me? is a pitch-black comedy about marriage, alcoholism, depression, and mourning lost opportunities. Paul B.

Rainey has created a hilariously terrifying alternate reality where confusion and pain might lead people to make bad choices but also eventually freedom maybe.