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Publisher's Summary

Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life - a handsome, intelligent, loving husband; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house; the time and place to express all her ebullience and affection and optimism.Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons.When Josiah took a teaching job at a Midwestern college, Isabel and their sons moved with him from New York City to Ohio, where Isabel taught acting, threw herself into the college community, and delighted in the less-scheduled lives of toddlers raised away from the city. But within a few months, the marriage was over. The life Isabel had made crumbled. "Happens every day," said a friend.Far from a self-pitying diatribe, Happens Every Day reads like an intimate conversation between friends. Gillies has written a dizzyingly candid, compulsively listenable, ultimately redemptive story about love, marriage, family, heartbreak, and the unexpected turns of a life.On the one hand, listening to this book is like hearing a train wreck. On the other hand, as Gillies herself says, it is about trying to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness, and loving your life even if it has slipped away. Hers is a remarkable new voice -- instinctive, funny, and irresistible.
©2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; ©2009 Isabel Gillies
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By Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody on 05-22-09

Oh, So Quaint and Shallow

I wanted to like this book but just could not identify at all with it. The author, who is also the narrator, does not appear to know her husband at all. She seems to know more about her interior decoration and fashions than she does about any person in the book. It is difficult to empathize with these problems. I realize that all divorces are hard especially if on is blindsided. Perhaps she is in shock and the dire situation has not hit her yet so she is focusing on the surface elements of her situation. I hope that is the case. If not, it does not foretell well for future relationships.

The narration, too, lacked depth and was spotty in its consistency. I think the book would have been better served had someone other than the author narrated.

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By Carolyn on 05-13-09

its a great listen...

this is a compelling listen...i'm listening whenever possible as this is a hard-to-put-down sort of book. despite some awkward pauses in the recording (a director was needed or the current one should have been fired), thumbs up to the author.

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