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I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You | [Courtney Maum]

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne, has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life - just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair.
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Publisher's Summary

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, 34-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne, has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life - just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he's still the man she once loved.

©2014 Courtney Maum (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

Starred review. "An honest, staggeringly realized journey... Equally funny and touching, the novel strikes deep, presenting a sincere exploration of love and monogamy. These characters are complex, and their story reflects their confusion and desire... An impressive, smart novel." (Publishers Weekly)

"A gem of a novel about the tangles of love, regret, and hope that might or might not hold a marriage together. Courtney Maum's deft, beguiling debut charms with its wit and glows with compassion." (Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements)

"Courtney Maum writes with such honesty and verve about how we struggle to deserve the people we love. Intensely personal and engagingly complex, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is a moving, complicated, big-hearted novel." (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)

"Antic, sexy, satirically deft, and of course funny, this novel is also, on both the personal and political levels, smart about the bottomlessness of our capacities for self-sabotage, and moving about the fierceness of our yearning to make good." (Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad; and Like You'd Understand, Anyway )

"Maum's witty and insightful novel captures a lifetime of falling in and out of love. It's an investigation of marriage which often combines its utter clear-sightedness and its tremendous warmth in the very same sentence. So agile and fully realized." (Ned Beauman, author of The Teleportation Accident)

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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 07-01-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "A tremendous romp through the Paris art world"
    Where does I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up near the top. A most enjoyable read and my short headline does not say it all as the book is clearly more than a romp through the art world of Paris.


    What other book might you compare I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You to and why?

    One other does not come readily to mind. Perhaps, along the lines of India Knight and Ian Moore.


    What does Sam Deveraux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was wonderful and never did that over-acting, shouting thing that is so annoying in some audible books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the scene where the artists videotaped his parents in the kitchen of the seaside house in England.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many levels to this novel and all work well together. I would read more by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 07-24-14
    Melinda UT 07-24-14 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Postmortem and resurrection of a marriage"

    Excuse the clichés, but it is what it is, and this is an easy, quick, mildly entertaining read, that is (IMO) harmlessly overrated. The starred reviews, and "best-of" tag lines had me going into this read anxiously waiting for the 5* fabulousness and humorous story.

    Expect instead, a slow, but steady and engaging launch. Richard Haddon is a semi-successful British artist, living in Paris with his beautiful Parisian wife and daughter, in the home of their dreams. He narrates (in a voice perfectly dripping with ennui), complaining about life in general, the disillusionment of his marriage, his dissatisfaction with his career, and a sex life that had become dull. All justification for a 7 month affair with an American girl. With that foundation, Richard plummets into the depths of despair/mid-life crisis when his young lover announces she is leaving him. In an attempt to gain our sympathy for his painful state of affairs, he only becomes more detestable with every word. Maum creates layer upon layer of delicious debauchery and self-pity, with a keen eye on the realistic and uncensored thoughts of a character slowly coming to grips with his actions.

    Maum skewers human behaviors with a charming British bluntness that adds an enjoyable jolt of reality (but not comedy). She turns the characters inside out and has them work their way right again. The candidly narrated journey of self discovery is what gives heart to this book...albeit a syrup-y, sentimental heart.

    The clichés, predictability, pointless fillers, pretentious rote characters, by any formula, keep this from being a 5* book; the witty and smart writing, the personal evolution of the characters, and some smooth narration by Deveraux, make this an enjoyable middle grounder -- at least, in my book. Just in case: **Expect some hot sexy scenes as the narrator recalls episodes of his affair, and some explicit language peppered with F-bombs, but nothing gratuitous.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    JenniferKouyou 07-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not feeling enlightened"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half was a page turner. I was sufficiently entertained.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would develop the women characters. I would develop the lover Lisa in particular and not throw her away so easily by the stories narrarator. I would take the insights from the very end and disperse them in the second half. The installation "art" was disturbing.


    What three words best describe Sam Deveraux’s voice?

    Sounds Like Colin Firth, or is it Hugh Grant?


    Did I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You inspire you to do anything?

    It made me think, but did not make me have new thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Dialogue and the main character's thoughts tell the story. This was a useful format to stay in one man's head, albeit an annoying head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mission Hills, KS, United States 08-14-14
    Susan Mission Hills, KS, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I kept waiting to like one of the characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The main character, Richard is an immature, self-centered pill the entire book. I don't mind unpleasant characters when they advance the story in an interesting way. He didn't. None of the other characters were developed enough to be interesting either.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did a nice job with the material


    Did I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to find out where I read the recommendation for this book so I can avoid the source next time.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice descriptions of Paris and France and the art world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Becker Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-06-14
    Cyndi Becker Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing debut novel"

    Utterly heartbreaking and breathtaking - the audio version is a great way to experience this story. The narration made turned what may have been a hard read into something that I could get through. Its a hard story about infidelity, regrets and finally redemption. I usually hate the offender in these types of stories and while his actions pissed me off, hearing things from his (Richard Haddens) POV it really made me want things to work out for him. I think the dialogue between Richard and Ann was brilliantly written and very realistically done. Loved Camille, Richards parents, Ann's parents and Richards Art world. The ending is perfection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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