Widower of 'You May Want to Marry My Husband' Finds Joy in New Children's Book Continuing Wife's Legacy

Author Jason Rosenthal walks hand-in-hand with his daughter and co-author, Paris.
Author Jason Rosenthal walks hand-in-hand with his daughter and co-author, Paris. (The Today Show)

Amy Krouse Rosenthal went viral for her 2017 New York Times essay, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” that she wrote just 10 days before dying of ovarian cancer.

Today, her widower, Jason Rosenthal, says he’s finding renewed joy in writing a children’s book with their daughter that will continue Amy’s legacy.

He and his daughter Paris Rosenthal celebrated the release of their new book “Dear Boy” Tuesday, a children’s book that encourages young boys to “be kind, always trust magic and pursue your dreams,” according to a brief description.

“Dear Boy” is a sequel to “Dear Girl,” a book with a similar message Amy began before her death that Paris then completed to cope with the loss.

“One of the most emotional parts, I think, about writing this book is just how thrilled she would be that we were doing this together,” Paris said of the new release in an interview with the "Today" show.

Despite original reservations against writing the book with his daughter, Jason said, “It’s not my natural instinct, but we talked about it and quickly agreed it would be a good idea.”

Jason has been open about his grief since his wife died, describing in a TED Talk how Amy passed away in their bed one morning, and he had to carry her body downstairs to meet the gurney.

“I think that taking a step back and realizing that so many people experience a loss, and that perhaps these types of experiences just make us more empathetic and give us new ways of living our lives on a daily basis,” Paris said.

Their family was thrust into the spotlight in March 2017 when Amy wrote a personal essay reflecting on her life with Jason – and why any woman would be lucky to have him after she died.

Amy, who wrote children’s books for a living, lost her battle to cancer just 10 days after the ad was published.

As to whether or not Jason has found love once again, he declined to comment.

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