From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.Sometimes all you can do is fly away home....
When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At 57, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.
Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at 24 a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.
After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.
©2010 Jennifer Weiner, Inc (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This is the best book I have listened to in a long time. The characters are so fleshed out you will swear you've known them for years. Judith Light did an excellent job and I hope she'll be narrating books for years to come.
11th/12th Grade Reading Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.
I don't know if I would have liked this book as much as I did without Judith Light's narration. She did a terrific job. I especially loved her "Milo." I could relate to characters and events which may have increased the enjoyment. It was a great book to listen to on my way to and from work. Not much to think about, but interesting enough to hold attention. I hope the narrator does more.
By now the story has become iconic: for a variety of reasons, a relationship ends, leaving the woman to grieve a while, and feel sad. She then starts a new program of losing weight, going back to school, travel, a new job, lunching with friends while she mourns, anything new will do. She becomes New And Improved Woman. In the course of one of these new pursuits, she meets a correspondingly wounded but willing New And Improved Man.
The two hit it off right away, have a brief hiatus during which they adjust their emotional gears, and then it's back in the saddle just in time for Christmas, Thanksgiving or some other holiday where everyone and his/her extended family get together. Maybe a pregnancy or two is thrown in for extra tears and joy. The novel ends with a joyous scene at the end, preferably with attenuated descriptions of food and decor, with everyone trotting out their New And Improved features.
It would be nice, just once, to read a novel where a New And Improved Woman ends up with simply herself, no match mate required.
Jennifer Wiener is a seriously funny and gifted writer even though her topics can seem a bit tired and passe. I enjoyed this book but I could read it while working.
If you like Jennifer Weiner's books because while sometimes sad and touching they make you laugh with their quirky, frequently self-deprecating characters, don't get this book. I found it boring and depressing. There is no humor I detected and it was all too sad, too pathetic. Also, the husband of Diana is so revolting and unappealing it is totally unbelievable that anyone would have married him let alone a successful Dr. There is also a basically pornographic description of a sex scene between Diana and a med student that was way too graphic and I thought really strange.
The story involved too much description and too little plot in the first half. If I were reading it, I am sure I would have been able to skip over pages and pages and wouldn't have missed a thing. (Maybe I should have gotten the abridged version?) Finally, the plot picked up and became interesting, and even touching at times. Unfortunately, the ending was all too predictable. Judith Light's narration, however, was delightful.
Whatever flaws the book had, and there were many, I have yet to be as captivated with a narrator as I was with Ms. Light. She was amazing. I agree with many of the reviewers who felt the book was entertaining enough, but predictable and light. But I couldn't stop listening due soley to the ability of Ms. Light to so wonderfully portay each of the main characters. I particularly loved her depiction of young Milo, .
The story was right off the news, interesting, with likable characters. It was a wee bit predictable, but not annoyingly so. The narration was excellent!
I have read most of Jennifer Weiner's books, but this is the first audiobook of hers I have tried. The story is long and uneventful - I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it was just more of the same. If you loved "Good in Bed," this story will be a disappoinment; all of the humor and feist of that book is absent from this story. Also, the narration is a bit too dramatic for the boring content.
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