Sara E. Braca

Debut Memoir

When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding

Adventures from the other half of single

Hilarious, inspiring, and thoroughly authentic, Sara E. Braca’s debut memoir takes readers along on her post-divorce adventures around the world, sharing a life lived fully – if untraditionally – and proving that joy can always be found in unexpected places.

When the church burned down a week before her wedding, Sara Braca somehow did not perceive this as an omen. Six years after marrying (in a different church), an errant call from 1-800-Flowers alerted her to her then-husband’s affair. And as one unhappy chapter ended, she found herself writing a very different, much happier story.

An aspiring globe-trotter, Braca realized this was her opportunity to see the world. Solo travel became her first step to finding happiness, strength, and peace in her new life. From disastrous celebrity encounters to getting naked with colleagues at the Dead Sea to being adopted by a family of Greek hoteliers, Braca blends the everyday and the outrageous as she learns that there’s no one-size-fits-all model for a happy life.

When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding introduces a vibrant new voice, chronicling the triumphs, tragedies, and unexpected joys of modern solo living, and offers lessons in creating a unique and satisfying happily-ever-after of one’s own.

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Sara E. Braca

Sara E. Braca has always been curious about pretty much everything, which almost explains how she accidentally became a Renaissance woman living in a medieval Italian city. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Wharton, she is now a solo traveler, marketing executive, yoga instructor, cat mom, and wine enthusiast. Her passion for finding joy in her single life and empowering others to do the same drove her to add “debut memoirist” to this list. She lives in Tuscany.

Braca’s debut memoir, When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding, will be available this fall in bookstores, libraries, and wherever you buy books online.

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“In a world of “still she persisted,” messaging, Sara E. Braca’s countercultural first memoir encourages us to consider when obstacles are a good sign we should quit. An embodiment of Gertrude Stein’s call to reject, rejoice, and rejuvenate, When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding is a light-hearted reminder that doing what’s expected of us is sometimes a recipe for disaster.”

– Amy Foust
Senior Counsel; Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law

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When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding is so much more than a writer at home and happy on her un-partnered journey; it’s a rallying cry for all of us to live as though every day is an adventure waiting to unfold. Whether you’re flying solo or not, Sara’s independence and positivity are contagious. From her high jinx travels to her more subdued meditations on the meaning of place in our lives, Sara invites us to tag along on her escapades near and far. Her engaging prose and welcome wit seduce the reader so completely that we quickly feel like she’s an old friend—the one leading that liberated life we envy, the one we can never wait to catch up with over a glass of wine when she’s back in town.”

– Suzanne Lenzer
Author of Graze and Truly, Madly Pizza

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“Sara E. Braca is truly an amazing and relatable storyteller! In her debut memoir, When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding: Adventures from the Other Half of Single, she fearlessly tells her tale in a way that allows readers to feel her pain, her joy, her struggles, and her triumphs. You will laugh out loud with her witty use of contemporary phrases and have a perpetual smile on your face with every sentence. Sara shows such bravery in baring her soul, with a serious, yet funny vibe that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what else could possibly happen to her next!”

– Luisa Livorno Ramondo
 Author of Beyond the Cobblestones

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“If Nancy Meyers and David Sedaris had a love child, then sent her away to a very strict boarding school, she might turn out something like Sara Braca: unflinchingly honest, decidedly offbeat, and funny as hell. Part memoir, part travelogue, part she-power manifesto, this book makes a strong argument for listening to your heart—particularly when it’s telling you to move to Italy, drink better wine, and finally make peace with your true self.”

– David Muhlenfeld
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, English Major Music

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When the Church Burns Down, Cancel the Wedding is a descriptive, engaging and hilarious ode to the transformative power of travel. I felt like I was right there along with Sara! A great read for the armchair adventurer in all of us.”

– Lisa Phillips
Owner and Travel Designer, Bella Europa Travel

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“A perfect testament of the liberating, healing journey toward self-connection, self-love and inner growth through embracing solitude and using it to thrive and cultivate the strength to live authentically. Braca is a natural storyteller who effortlessly mixes self-deprecation and genuine insight to yield a unique and enjoyable narrative, making readers feel as if they are with her on her journey as a lifelong friend.”

– Andri Yennari,
 Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Eastern Kentucky University