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When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories (edition 2012)

by Molly Ringwald

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Title:When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories
Authors:Molly Ringwald
Info:It Books (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, Review copies
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As many of my fellow reviewers did, I too first judged this book by the author, Molly Ringwald, an actress who found her stardom in the 80's. When picked for my book club I thought, how good could this possibly be? I admit I was terribly wrong! It was a terrifically captivating book. The way she wrote it as a novella in short stories all intermingling really added to the genius of the work. The book starts with the marriage of Greta & Phillip which soon falls apart. Each subsequent story interconnects with the first in some fashion continuing to follow the lives, loves, hopes and shattered dreams of Greta & Phillip. Written in beautiful prose, I would highly recommend this book to other readers, especially those skeptical of Molly Ringwald's talents as a writer. ( )
  campingmomma | Jun 24, 2014 |
A book about divorce and family relationships from the views of several related characters. ( )
  limamikealpha | Jun 5, 2014 |
During my reading of When It Happens to You, I would momentarily forget that Molly Ringwald. I am afraid to admit that I was judgmental about this book because an actress wrote it, and such an iconic one at that. I expected it to be a fluff piece, something without any real substance, a la Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy series. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case at all.

When It Happens to You is a novel to through short stories. The common thread in the narratives is the deteoriation of a family due to infidelity. It is a great visceral piece of writing with the strongest stories being My Olivia, where a mother deals with her young son's want of being a girl and Ursa Minor, which is about an elderly widow remembering her life while forging a cute relationship with a little girl.

The title short story has a quiet powerful element to it as it is told from the wife's point of view via a makeshift letter to the woman who had the affair with her husband, which happend to be her daughter's violin teacher.

When It Happens to You is a great book and shouldn't be neglected if, any of you were like me, and prematurely judge the book by its author. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
During my reading of When It Happens to You, I would momentarily forget that Molly Ringwald. I am afraid to admit that I was judgmental about this book because an actress wrote it, and such an iconic one at that. I expected it to be a fluff piece, something without any real substance, a la Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy series. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case at all.

When It Happens to You is a novel to through short stories. The common thread in the narratives is the deteoriation of a family due to infidelity. It is a great visceral piece of writing with the strongest stories being My Olivia, where a mother deals with her young son's want of being a girl and Ursa Minor, which is about an elderly widow remembering her life while forging a cute relationship with a little girl.

The title short story has a quiet powerful element to it as it is told from the wife's point of view via a makeshift letter to the woman who had the affair with her husband, which happend to be her daughter's violin teacher.

When It Happens to You is a great book and shouldn't be neglected if, any of you were like me, and prematurely judge the book by its author. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Molly Ringwald's book is a collection of 8 short stories with intertwining characters. These stories focus on love and loss, identity, trust, families and self-introspection. This collection covers a great deal of topics, but is handled deftly by serving them to us in small bites via the short story format. This is a quick read, but the beauty of this short story collection is the ability to savor each story independently and then collectively by spreading them out. ( )
  laona | Mar 19, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061809462, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: Any lingering Brat Pack associations you may bring to When It Happens to You, Molly Ringwald’s first novel, will rapidly evaporate. Ringwald renders the families and lovers in her intertwined stories with a compassionate eye for the kind of heartbreak that upends reality, as well as a keen sense of the more subtle ways in which trust breaks and mends. Each of her eight stories explores the dynamics of fidelity and betrayal, from “The Harvest Moon”--which illuminates the night a mother realizes the fickle nature of her daughter, her husband, and her own body--to “Mea Culpa,” where we see the erosion of her husband’s desire, to the gut punch of a title story. --Mari Malcolm

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A collection of interlinked stories that explores the numerous betrayals, big and small, that one grapples with across a lifetime.

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