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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janelle Brown Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739358276
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On the day Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, he informs his wife, Janice, that their marriage is over and that the new fortune is his alone. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Miller’s older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her hot actor boyfriend and is failing at her job, kind of spectacularly. Sliding toward bankruptcy, Margaret bails and heads for home, where her confused and lonesome teenage sister, Lizzie, is struggling with problems of her own: She’s become the school slut.

From behind the walls of their Georgian colonial bunker, the Miller women wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, evangelical neighbors, and country club ladies–and in the process all illusions and artifice fall away, forcing them to reckon with something far scarier and more consequential: their true selves.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom Taxi Julie | 2/18/2014

    " This book was pretty good but it hit way too many clique type things all at once. I wish she wouldn't have added on the extra struggles towards the end and just kept with the original problems the family was facing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/17/2014

    " A great summer read! Excellent writing, interesting story about the dark side of wealth and suburbia.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torrey | 2/13/2014

    " I've considered this book 'read' although I haven't read through it. It's really good book, but I haven't been able to get through the second half. I still haven't connected with characters. Maybe I will visit it later?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ceping | 2/10/2014

    " Ending was sad but the journey took a little too long "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 1/26/2014

    " All the characters in this book were basically losers. They made stupid decisions and were unhappy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Cole | 1/22/2014

    " I stopped reading this book after realizing my jaw was clentching so tightly. I'm sure it redeems itself, but a 50something woman being left by her husband for her bestfriend on the day of his IPO, the late 20's daughter being 90K in debt and a 15 yr old girl who is trying to sleep her way to popularity wasn't fun for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 1/14/2014

    " interesting themes. could have been a more in depth look at society. but Brown never really dug deep enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/5/2014

    " I was given this book as a fluff book, and it was ... but I couldn't put it down! I probably should have saved it for the beach because it was that kind of book you can easily get lost in. Need to escape a bit? Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyra | 12/21/2013

    " A big breezy book about a Silicon Valley wife whose husband leaves her the day of the IPO for his business. Tells the story of that summer and her two daughters (one 14, one 28). It alternates between all 3 of their stories and I enjoyed the brain candy :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/6/2013

    " great story. good characters. and I liked how the author shared the story of their feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 12/4/2013

    " Decent read. Thought it was a little long and annoying at first and then it became weirdly addictive. Would be a good book to read at the beach. Girly drama, not usually my favorite, but I ended up liking the unexpected twists and turns. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen White | 12/2/2013

    " Did not care for this book at all. Didn't like the story or the charters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 9/15/2013

    " Great Summer read! Set in Northern California so liked that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 8/9/2013

    " It was interesting being able to get inside the heads of all three women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 5/12/2013

    " Good read for by the pool. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrinole | 4/24/2013

    " Slow at first. Once you to the middle, it starts to gain momentum. Wouldn't really recommend, but at least the story line wrapped up (finally). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby Land | 4/21/2013

    " Not one I would suggest, but not horrible either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/18/2013

    " Well-written in terms of becoming easily lost in the characters' shallow world. Too bad it's a world I wouldn't want to spend much time in- chaotic and incredibly depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wende Green Frost | 12/2/2012

    " This book is well written, the characters well developed & the story very realistic. However, I found it difficult to find any redeeming qualities in the main characters & that always diminishes my enjoyment of a book. I just wanted to strangle these women for not learning anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megh Toth | 10/22/2012

    " This was a good read. I enjoyed the drama, even though I am not into too much of that! The writing pulled you in so you were sympathetic for the family and their current situation. It kept you involved and wanting more, making it difficult to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/7/2012

    " This book is pure voyeuristic candy-- it's got divorce! scandal! sex! drugs!-- but I defy you to not blow though it as fast as you can read it. I couldn't wait to see if the three lost and adrift Miller women would eventually redeem themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Slaughter | 10/26/2011

    " Ok...not the best book I have read, but gets better the further along you get "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanto | 9/12/2011

    " This book is about a family that falls apart and how each member hits their own personal rock bottom and what they do to heal themselves and the family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethwhitt | 8/8/2011

    " GREAT BOOK! I read this on vacation and although it wasn't "fluffy" it was written in a clear modern but complex way that made it so enjoyable! I loaned it to my travel partner when I was done and she even woke up early one day to start reading... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/22/2011

    " This book was 95% drama and 5% good feelings. I told this is intentional to keep us turning the page. There's two areas that I totally disagree with regarding the Mr. Miller and FOXNEWS. Totally unnecessary! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/12/2011

    " Janelle Brown is an artist and she has satire and humor down to science. To write like that; oh, I envy her. This is a great book. The storyline will knock you back when you start to read it. It's funny and poignantly sad at the same time. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/26/2011

    " Silicon Valley drama. Wife left on day husband's company goes public. He leaves to be with her best friend. More drama to end which I will not reveal.

    I finished this book last week and had to skim read to remember what it is about. Not earth shaking, for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 4/14/2011

    " This is an awfully melodramatic drama in which all the problems are solved rather casually. The characters are sympathetic, up to a point, but we’re never truly engaged by them. The big confrontations and surprises are predictable, and the story itself feels much too episodic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/6/2011

    " Good book - a fast, entertaining, mindless read. Great for the beach, the pool, or the long commute. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 4/4/2011

    " Hard to feel bad for people who have so much, but keep making mistakes over and over again. Margaret complains about her mother not communicating, yet she never does. Characters do not seem to learn anything. Book has a very whiny tone. Same old repeating mistakes. ... what's the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/3/2011

    " I bet this is made into a movie. It was an easy read about entitled, rich, white women and men with some drugs, Hollywood, sex, etc...thrown in. Yep, made for film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wende | 3/29/2011

    " This book is well written, the characters well developed & the story very realistic. However, I found it difficult to find any redeeming qualities in the main characters & that always diminishes my enjoyment of a book. I just wanted to strangle these women for not learning anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 3/10/2011

    " A good read, but I had the strange feeling that I read it already! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 3/7/2011

    " FABULOUS...could not put this book down. One story line is more shocking than the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/5/2011

    " ok. Fairly pedestrian story - divorce after 25+ years, two messed up kids, drugs, sex, over extended finances, multimillion dollar pharmaceutical IPO.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/25/2011

    " I was given this book as a fluff book, and it was ... but I couldn't put it down! I probably should have saved it for the beach because it was that kind of book you can easily get lost in. Need to escape a bit? Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/23/2011

    " Fast read - good summer book with characters who are unique and have depth. "

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About the Author
Author Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is the author of This Is Where We Live and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. She is also an essayist and journalist whose writing has appeared in Vogue, the New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and numerous other publications.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.