Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons.
When Josiah took a teaching job at a Midwestern college, Isabel and their sons moved with him from New York City to Ohio, where Isabel taught acting, threw herself into the college community, and delighted in the less-scheduled lives of toddlers raised away from the city. But within a few months, the marriage was over. The life Isabel had made crumbled. "Happens every day," said a friend.
Far from a self-pitying diatribe, Happens Every Day reads like an intimate conversation between friends. Gillies has written a dizzyingly candid, compulsively listenable, ultimately redemptive story about love, marriage, family, heartbreak, and the unexpected turns of a life.
On the one hand, listening to this book is like hearing a train wreck. On the other hand, as Gillies herself says, it is about trying to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness, and loving your life even if it has slipped away. Hers is a remarkable new voice -- instinctive, funny, and irresistible.
©2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; ©2009 Isabel Gillies
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I wanted to like this book but just could not identify at all with it. The author, who is also the narrator, does not appear to know her husband at all. She seems to know more about her interior decoration and fashions than she does about any person in the book. It is difficult to empathize with these problems. I realize that all divorces are hard especially if on is blindsided. Perhaps she is in shock and the dire situation has not hit her yet so she is focusing on the surface elements of her situation. I hope that is the case. If not, it does not foretell well for future relationships.
The narration, too, lacked depth and was spotty in its consistency. I think the book would have been better served had someone other than the author narrated.
this is a compelling listen...i'm listening whenever possible as this is a hard-to-put-down sort of book. despite some awkward pauses in the recording (a director was needed or the current one should have been fired), thumbs up to the author.
A Year and Six Seconds - sequel, we learn how she pulls her life back together
The other woman
I'd have given this book a lower rating if it was possible to do so. I couldn't figure out why I'd care that this couple divorced, as there was no clue about why they were together to start with. I can't believe I listened to this all the way through but I thought there had to be a point somewhere - there isn't.
At first I didn't realize the author herself was the narrator--but then I realized she's a professional actress so of course she would make a great narrator. I am picky about narrators, but usually overlook the issue when writing a review. However, I enjoyed Gillies' voice, tone, and narration so much that I say Please, Please, if Gillies ever takes time off from acting hire her to narrate more books. Her voice is really easy on the ears!
As for the book, it is better than fiction! I am sorry she had to go through this, but there is a lot of heart in this book that will be of comfort and help to others in the same boat. I couldn't "put it down" (wrong phrase for an audiobook...let's just say I kept wearing down my battery on my player.)
I loved this book because it felt like the author was a friend telling me about everything that had happened up until I met her. It was an honest and real look at divorce. I look forward to future projects.
This book was very realistic and well written - I felt that I have "been there, done that" - In fact, I have. Unfortunately, the story is all too true and it is written so that you feel you are living the story... until the last 20 minutes. I felt like the author didn't really know how to end the story to keep it believable. The author was an excellent narrator which is not often the case with authors. I will look forward to this author's next book.
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