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My Ex-Life

A Novel
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)
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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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Good Read

The reunion of divorced mates through the need of true friendship and acceptance kept this story intriguing

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  • PJM
  • Kingston, NY United States
  • 08-24-18

Frustrating

A very frustrating book about dumb people making bad choices around awful friends. So...basically life.

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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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  • MNC
  • Purchase, New York
  • 02-19-19

So good !!

Loved listening to this book. The main characters are interesting, and funny and struggling in various ways i would like to stay in Julie’s Air B&B! Love the secondary characters as well.
The narration was perfect ! Will miss this town and the people now that iI am done with the book it is a story of our times to connect and reconnect to the past and what was lost.

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Some funny moments

There were some funny characters and laugh out loud moments. Story was okay, not exceptional.

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Clever writing

great ending, summerizing a quirky story I thoght I couldn't relate to but did. cleverly written.

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A very enjoyable listen.

An interesting story that is humorous and thought provoking. I enjoyed it, start to finish.

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Disjointed characters and story lines. Didn’t care about any of it. Nothing there, waste of time.

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  • 08-23-18

Mildly amusing in places, but not for me.

I got to the end, and found it amusing in places but couldn't really recommend it I'm afraid.