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In the aftermath, Jake is suspended from school, Liz’s social standing among the Wildwood moms is challenged, and Richard’s job is at risk. Good people faced with bad choices, they decide to fight back. But how? Do they use the very weapons wielded against them—the media and the law? And at what moral and professional cost? How they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy; they are completely caught off guard by the ramifications of their actions, not only to their marriage, their daughter, their place in the community, but to Jake—the very one they have set out to protect.
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By SomervilleWhereElse on 08-24-11
From the paper reviews of this book, I expected something much better. It was an ordinary story of an upper middle class family's stressful experience and its consequences. The writing was unexceptional and narration was about the same. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, although if you were stuck listening to it, for some reason, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
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By StilettoGirl on 03-08-12
A short story, not a novel
Would you try another book from Helen Schulman and/or Hillary Huber?
The narrator is superb and the story is compelling--but then it stops short. Right when things become interesting and complicated, the author employs a cheap narrative trick and the novel just ends. This results in it feeling like a short story (written by a writer with a deadline) instead of a rich novel. I was really dissapointed as the story was just fantastic and the characters layered.
Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Schulman again?
Was This Beautiful Life worth the listening time?
Yes, but it stopped short.
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