On Valentine’s Day, people remember both their favorite love stories and their most memorable breakup stories.

Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman just published Why We Broke Up, a young adult novel about why a couple named Ed and Min ended their relationship. GalleyCat caught up with these creators to find out more.

Q: What was the inspiration behind Why We Broke Up?

Daniel Handler (DH): I asked Maira what she wanted to paint, and she said ‘Ordinary objects.’ There are two ways ordinary objects become magical: when infused with romantic memory, and when painted by Maria Kalman.

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