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The Stuff That Never Happened

by Maddie Dawson

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  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Annabelle and Grant McKay have been happily married for thirty years. She is a successful children’s book illustrator and he is a professor of history trying to write his first book. Their son if off at university and their daughter is married and expecting their first grandchild so it seems like the kind of life that everyone would envy. Oh – of course that were that little glitch at the very beginning of their marriage when they were living in New York, Grant was establishing his career and Annabelle had an affair with Grant’s mentor … but they had agreed at the time to never speak of THAT again. When their daughter begins to have some problems with her pregnancy while her husband is away filming a documentary Annabelle decides it is best if she goes to New York to look after their daughter and, lo and behold, doesn’t she accidentally run into her lover of 30 years before.

This book is a study of a stable marriage suffering from a slight case of boredom, empty-nest syndrome, unspoken of and unresolved issues and a touch of nostalgia. Ms. Dawson does a good job of flipping the characters back and forth from the present to the 1970’s. The comparison of the attitudes, social norms and female equality between the two decades are all represented in the background to the decision that could tear apart the McKay family or help them heal from a wound they didn’t even realize was still open.

Told with equal parts humor, sadness and poignancy when I finished this book I felt sorry that I had let it languish in my TBR pile for almost two years.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Últimamente , mi insomnio y mi hijo (combinación fatal) estan consiguiendo que tenga menos horas de sueño , muchas menos de las que uno deberia tener en vacaciones (existe realmente el sueño en las vacaciones? En realidad , probablemente se duerma menos )

Si hay algo bueno en esta situación (zombie , soy un zombie) es que estoy leyendo el triple . Y en estos últimos días se me dio por este genero , "women's fiction" le dicen . No se a que refiere exactamente el nombre , no me parece que realmente haya libros exclusivos para mujeres ; esta clase de historias son simplemente humanas ,cualquiera que tenga dos ojos que funcionen y un gusto por leer puede disfrutarlas .

Esta novela en particular se me hizo casi imposible de leer . Me la pase la historia entera sufriendo en nombre de Grant (un personaje tan realista y soñado al mismo tiempo!) y varias de las decisiones de la femenina fueron difíciles de tragar .

Tuvo na conclusión perfecta , sin embargo . No tanto el como se llego a ella (un poco apresurado quizás) sino que se llego al fin , eso fue lo satisfactorio ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
What if? That is what Annabelle McKay is thinking as her children fly the nest and her husband, Grant, is totally immersed in his work. Twenty-six years earlier, as a newlywed, Annabelle had an affair with Jeremiah. While she remained with Grant, and hasn't seen or spoken to Jeremiah since the affair ended, she often thinks about him and wonders what her life with him would have been like. She doesn't really regret her marriage, but what if.....

A chance encounter with Jeremiah brings her fantasy version of him face-to-face with her real life, and Annabelle struggles to deal with the memories evoked and the current feelings she has upon seeing Jeremiah again.

This is a wonderfully told story, with strongly developed characters. It explores what marriages can and should be; how we can distort the past; how hard it can be to fully understand the people you love. ( )
  LynnB | Apr 24, 2015 |
Great family novel. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
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"Comparing her stable marriage to a passionate affair she had twenty-six years earlier, Annabelle feels neglected by her busy husband and cares for her pregnant daughter before an encounter with her past love forces her to question her choices." -- NovelList.… (more)

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