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Publisher's Summary

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer (what Mike called her "sympathy cancer"), and within days of burying her brother she underwent a radical hysterectomy, beginning her own journey through "the International House of Cancer".

Drawing from these Job-like travails, Julia wrote this remarkably funny and touching monologue about a family that managed to persevere with humor, grace, and love.

There's lots more Julia Sweeney available at Audible®! Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un-Cabaret performances, and other great programs.
© and (P) Julia Sweeney

Critic Reviews

"A grand achievement...a lesson in love and tolerance." (USA Today)
"Sweeney offers living proof that laughter is the only revenge." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Haley
  • San Pedro, CA, USA
  • 09-15-08

Resonated Big Time

This book confirms that true stories are the most poignant and the funniest.

My pre-teen daughter, teen son and I listened to Julia's story five or six times during a cross-country road trip, cracking us up through 7 states. Several passages have entered our family's lexicon.

Thanks Julia for helping us deal with the loss of our husband/father. There is still plenty to laugh about!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Gerry
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • 07-27-08

Great show!!

I laughed and cried and came back to Audible to see if Julia Sweeney had made any more audios. She has!! Good for us!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • United States
  • 07-30-08

Julia Sweeney is always great!

I'm a huge fan and was not disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 04-30-12

Never look at religion the same again.

Julia goes through her life and what led to her decision to laugh at God. My advice is if your not ready to see the wizard behind the curtain then stay away. If you want a look at life differently then this is for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great listen

Hi entertaining and easy to listen to.

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Still laughing!

I love Julia's books, she makes me laugh so much! Her openness about her family and their relationships is priceless. I think I have to say I love the stories that involve her mother... hysterical! Worth a read (listen is best so you hear Julia) and a reread!

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  • Jackie
  • Wakefield, MA
  • 06-29-16

Excellent story telling

Julia is an excellent story teller! Sad, sad time in her life but this funny woman has the ability to find and spread humor and absurdity while discovering her family and her own humanness

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Very Therapeutic

Today, I went to a wake. Feeling melancholy, I saw the ones my wife had bought from Audible. Seeing this one, I thought it was very appropriate. Julia is a great narrator of her own story. She is witty and sweet. You should get this one.

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 02-14-14

Umm. I don't get it.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this book is totally for SNL fans. 'Pat' isn't doing it for me. <br/><br/>If you really enjoy listening to live comedy AND you like Saturday Night Live, then this book is for you. I'm having a hard time with poking fun at one's family in this fashion. <br/><br/>Sorry everyone. I know you don't like my few stars but would you allow me to not enjoy this? Call it my crazy moment, but allow me to choose my own 5 star books. Ok?

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  • Brenda
  • Kansas City, Mo
  • 06-02-13

Story was encouraging and funny

Is there anything you would change about this book?

She tells the story very well...

Has God Said,'Ha!' turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Sweeney’s performances?

l...maybe later...

Could you see God Said,'Ha!' being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

the audio book kept skipping at the end of the point she was getting to ... I do not know if that was on purpose or just a glitch....I want to return the book and get something else.