Or so Julia thinks, until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joe's phone - a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isn't just a friend.
Suddenly, Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joe's messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. Julia's search forces her to consider the possibility that in the long process of helping Joe become something, she has become a bit of a "nothing", as her daughter once described her to her class on career day. A big husband-stalking nothing.
When Julia and Joe first met, she was an edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting associations.
Now, faced with the looming awards show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine.
A unique take on the perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.
©2008 Ann Leary; (P)2008 Random House Audio
"The prose is sprightly ... you'll keep reading." (Entertainment Weekly)
First, the narrator was SUPERB - just perfect. And since the voice in the book is the first person - a New York wife - she felt alive. Just beautifully done. Julia is married to a TV actor and in the very beginning she picks up a strong hint that he is unfaithful. The rest of the book she is dealing with this as things go back and forth from present to past. The "spine" of the story is this possible infidelity issue and everything else hangs on that. She is a totally devoted mother - those sections are so real and true to life - and in great personal doubt - also well done. So how does she deal with this. It completely holds your attention. I highly recommend it. I want to read more by Ann Leary.
Fantastic narration, good story. I really liked Julia and could relate to her struggles as a mother. Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorites!
I loved The Good House & this wasn't as good as her previous book, but it was a fairly good story. No one knows what really goes on inside a marriage.
After I listened to "The Good House" (which is so so good!) I wanted to hear more from Ann Leary so I listened to "Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel". It was good.
I actually got a bit stressed out with it and didn't finish it as quickly as I could have, but came back to it. Marriage on the rocks in the celebrity world, but in a very real way that made me a bit sad. It's not really a sad story, but has moments of sadness and regret along with moments of joy and pride and youthful love that most of us can relate to.
The reader was really really good- I'll look for more of her!
Well, no. I feel once was enough.
It's somewhat sad, but I must say if she thought her husband was cheating why didn't she check the phone records???? I'm not giving anything away here. She checks his messages but never calls the number or thinks to check the bill and call log???? That's the only thing I thought was kind of dumb.
I don't really have a favorite scene.
If I reveal what really got to me, I'll give something away. I'd rather not do that.
I'm so glad I read The Good House and The Children before this one. If I had read this first, I never would have read/listened to another book by Leary and would have missed out on two really great books.
While I found this to be a boring read, if you're interested in NYC, Hollywood, celebrity culture, and what it might be like to be married to a TV star, you'll probably like this. For me, all of those things detracted from the story rather than adding to it. Though there wasn't that much of a story in the first place.
The most telling thing that equals "no story"? At one point in the novel, after--what is it, 15 or 20 years of marriage, Julia (main character) seems truly surprised to "realize" she has done nothing during her marriage to Joe--she doesn't work, and the nanny cooks and takes care of the kids. This is actually presented as a surprising realization. I found this ridiculous. Like you don't realize you don't have a job? You don't realize the nanny is watching your kids while you're out doing...what? Apparently Julia has no hobbies. She doesn't really DO much of anything and almost all her mental energy goes to whether her husband is cheating on her or not.
I will say, the writing is good and, always, so is Campbell's audio performance.
Absolutely. I had just finished The Good House, which was excellent. I just thought this book had way too many flash backs. The main story was good , but getting through the flashbacks took away from the story, in my opinion.
The ending to the main storyline. It just left you hanging with no resolve to this large issue.
Anger and then boredom
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
I DOUBT IT. IT WAS ENTERTAINING TO A POINT BUT NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED. I FELT CHEATED.
I THINK THAT I DON'T LIKE BOOKS LIKE THIS ANYWAY SO IT MAY SLANT MY OPINION UNFAIRLY. BUT I DID NOT CARE MUCH FOR IT.
SHE WAS FINE. CLEAR CRISP VOICE. EASY TO LISTEN TO.
NO JUST THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON HERE.
Will Not Disappoint
I loved her clueless innocence in the hands of hairdressers, dermatologists, her crush on her therapist and her inability to give up on a marriage even when she wants to choke her husband.
The feel of New York, Long Island accent made me laugh and the west coast accents were so familiar.
when the character defended her son's development to the pre-school teacher -he was only four LOL
I absolutely loved Good House and while Outtakes was completely different, I enjoyed it also. I am getting ready to download her third book and am eager to hear what she's written. She is becoming a very good storyteller and I hope she has a long and productive career!
This is the second Ann Leary book I've listened to, the first being The Children. I enjoy her writing style. The narrator was the perfect choice to voice Julia. Although Julia could've dug way deeper than simply snooping on her husband's voice messages, I forgave that one glaringly obvious flaw. The ending, though, felt rushed, and incomplete. All that build-up, then... blue ears.
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