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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

From Stephen McCauley comes a long-anticipated audiobook about love, life, and friendship 

David Hedges’ life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents’) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7. 

The last person he expects to hear from is Julie Fiske. It’s been decades since they’ve spoken, and he’s relieved to hear she’s recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. To him. Julie definitely doesn’t have a problem with marijuana (she’s given it up completely, so it doesn’t matter if she gets stoned almost daily) and the Airbnb she’s running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. 

She’d just like David’s help organizing college plans for her 17-year-old daughter. That would be Mandy. To quote Barry Manilow, Oh Mandy. While she knows she’s smarter than most of the kids in her school, she can’t figure out why she’s making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices.

When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof (one David needs to repair). David and Julie pick up exactly where they left off 30 years ago - they’re still best friends who can finish each other’s sentences. But there’s one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix. 

In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written an audiobook that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)

©2018 Stephen McCauley (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"McCauley’s effervescent prose is full of wit and wisdom on every topic - college application essays, Airbnb operation, weed addiction, live porn websites, and, most of all, people.... A gin and tonic for the soul." (Kirkus)

"With My Ex-Life, a heartwarming comedy of manners about second chances and starting afresh, [Stephen McCauley] has pretty much outdone himself...McCauley fires off witticisms like a tennis ace practicing serves...In the vein of inveterate beguilers like Laurie Colwin, Elinor Lipman, and Maria Semple, McCauley is warm but snappy, light but smart - and just plain enjoyable." (NPR)

"A clever novel about exes reconnecting...Do not underestimate McCauley's witty insights or his ability to make middle-aged, sexless companionship seem wildly appealing." (People)

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SO ENJOYABLE!

I usually listen to dark, disturbing mysteries, so this was a fun change of pace! Equal parts funny and sentimental, I instantly liked all the characters - even the teen, whose personality is typically written to annoy you, at every turn, was, instead, likable and surprisingly insightful. Was happy to learn Stephen also authored Object of My Affection, with my fav not-real-life-couple starring in the movie. Hope he continues to churn out new material!

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A wonderful read

So funny, so enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. The characters became alive as you melt into their lives. The dry wit will have you laughing out loud. Highly recommend.

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Best book ever

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, felt like I was part of a family. It made me laugh out loud, the characters were decent and loving, the location was desirable, appeared to me to be a place I’d like to live and a family who I would love to have for my friends.

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Delightful and entertaining

I normally keep an audio book going during my daily commute to work. My Ex-Life was completely enveloping which had me carrying my phone around with me most of the weekend until I finished the book! I fell in love with the characters and the sweet story line so much I looked for other books on Audible by Stephen Mc Cauley and was disappointed not to find any others. Excellent and captivating reader too I look forward to hearing again.

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An important (and fun!) novel for our time

McCauley makes me laugh hard! Fun characters and witty dialog allows the reader to forget that the boundaries and binds between acquaintances, friends and family are BIG topics. I love this book!

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Deus Ex-Machina

If you find real estate transactions and college entrance essays compelling plot devices... you'll love this book. Even so, don't be disappointed when one major plot thread is resolved through happenstance and another larger one by a great big deus ex machina.

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Interesting but kind of silly

Great performance but the story line is a little contrived. Kept my attention but didn’t fully grip me.

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  • Audrey
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  • 06-30-18

Great characters!

I loved this book. The characters are everyday, flawed humans that feel like friends very quickly into the novel. The story is compelling from start-to-finish and the performance is perfect.

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  • KM
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wonderful

Such a clever, funny and insightful book! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Many laugh out loud moments. Please hurry and record more of his books for Audible!

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He lost me at the town's name

I grew up north of Boston. It's called the Northshore. I cannot think of a single town with a French name like Beauport. Beverly, Manchester, Salem, Ipswich, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport, Swampscott, Lynn, Rockport, Andover... Insipid book. Shows nothing; tells all. Even the narrator seems bored.

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