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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Johnson Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781400175918
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Witty and surprising, Rebecca Johnson’s first novel is about the unexpected links between one family and the world around them. Sophia and Darius have a well-worn marriage, two teenage daughters, and no foreseeable drama on the horizon. One morning, the two girls fight over the keys to the family car and set into motion an accident. The accident triggers a chain of events involving Harry, a still handsome B-list celebrity game-show host; Anton, a sexually repressed unemployed filmmaker; and Misty, who has reached month seven of what was supposed to be a six month campaign to make something of herself. Profoundly honest, this is a novel about the unpredictability of life, and the joy and heartache of how deeply one person’s life can affect so many others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable novel by a remarkable writer. Rebecca Johnson…possesses…deep wisdom and understanding of what makes us human.”

    David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable

  • “Smart, sharply observant…gently funny”

    Washington Post

  • “Unflinching and heartbreaking…Powerful.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This heartfelt, poignant, and sometimes humorous and ironic study emphasizes the resilience of the human spirit.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/19/2014

    " Surprisingly refreshing look at family life from within. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed how the various apparently disconnected lives did intersect throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/9/2014

    " Same exact depressing topic as night road but a million times betterwritten...still on't want to go thee. Hoping I will able to spot the depressing ones and stay away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/29/2014

    " Good story. Sophia and Darius have 2 daughters, Helen and Miranda. Helen gets in a motorcycle accident and goes into a coma. The parents split and Helen dies at end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/28/2014

    " I was going to give this 3-4 stars until I got to the ending which was so terrible, it completely changed my perception of the book. I can't believe the editors let the book end like this. If I was the editor, I would have handed it back & said - 'try again, this ending sucks.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Newman | 1/23/2014

    " This was a good book--it told the tale of the impact of a devastating accident (a 16-yr old is rendered comatose) on the family and friends of those around her. I went through a similar experience when my eldest son was paralyzed at 16 and all of these responses ring true. What I liked best about the book is that the story was told in an unsentimental way--we feel the sadness without having been made to feel maudlin about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/8/2014

    " good story and nicely introspective but bad language and a really sub-par ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/7/2014

    " The thing I liked most about this book was how thought-provoking it was. Throughout the whole book I kept thinking "what would I do in this situation." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/2/2014

    " Very sad book, characters more like ghosts at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 12/15/2013

    " I tried a couple of times to stick with the book but just couldn't get into it. I didn't care about the characters at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/15/2013

    " Started off great, good character development, but the ending was a bit disappointing. I needed more closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/6/2013

    " this book was okay, not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/23/2013

    " I loved this book, although when I finished, I felt like it was missing something. It's a good look at how people handle a tragedy and it exposes the reader to a variety of characters, each grappling with their own issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 11/18/2013

    " The tragedy is unexpected, shocking, and the aftermath ripples through the story. It's characters are connected in sometimes obscure ways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille | 4/27/2013

    " It was ok. It was funny in some parts and entertaining in others but the ending fell flat for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/13/2013

    " This will be going up on my blog, probably later today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Ahronian | 1/11/2013

    " What a tough read. I really needed something light & fluffy after this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/5/2013

    " Annoying Magnolia wannabe that I nonetheless managed to finish during a night of post-Thanksgiving indigestion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 10/14/2012

    " This book was very disappointing - too many characters that didn't have anything to do with the story, unlikeable main characters, boring storyline .... I finally skimmed it just to get it over with, hoping the ending would redeem the story, but no such luck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyra | 9/14/2011

    " Thought the story was good but some parts of it rang false. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 9/10/2011

    " I liked this book until the ending; I felt the author had lost track of her characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 6/7/2011

    " Scattered and unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyra | 5/4/2011

    " This book was sneakily good. Wasn't sure if I liked it and then stayed up two hours late to finish it! Very real characters and interconnected plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw | 4/17/2011

    " One family, one day, and how the random effects of fate forever change them. Yes, there is plenty of loss and dysfunction, standard elements of the modern family/domestic/literary novel, but the author's sensitivity and insight into all her characters very much impressed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/20/2011

    " This will be going up on my blog, probably later today.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 7/16/2010

    " The thing I liked most about this book was how thought-provoking it was. Throughout the whole book I kept thinking "what would I do in this situation." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/1/2010

    " an interesting read, The story of what happens when one of their teenaged daughters gets inured in a otorcycle accident and is in a coma. I quite enoyed following how each charater experienced it differently "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/14/2010

    " The book was " ok " and worthy of a three star rating all the way through , BUT the ending was very weak . ;-( The story would be better as a movie on the Lifetime channel . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/26/2009

    " seems strange to want to read about someone being in a coma, but this book really explored the characters left to deal with the person in the coma. Rich characters, sad and funny too. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 8/30/2009

    " This book was very disappointing - too many characters that didn't have anything to do with the story, unlikeable main characters, boring storyline .... I finally skimmed it just to get it over with, hoping the ending would redeem the story, but no such luck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 8/17/2009

    " This book is about a family torn apart when their daughter and sister Helen is involved in a tragic accident that leaves her in an irreversible coma. It’s a sad book that is supposed to get hopeful in a life goes on and people heal type of way but I hate reading these books.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/30/2009

    " I was going to give this 3-4 stars until I got to the ending which was so terrible, it completely changed my perception of the book. I can't believe the editors let the book end like this. If I was the editor, I would have handed it back & said - 'try again, this ending sucks.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/24/2009

    " Annoying Magnolia wannabe that I nonetheless managed to finish during a night of post-Thanksgiving indigestion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/27/2009

    " this book was okay, not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena | 1/20/2009

    " I enjoyed how the various apparently disconnected lives did intersect throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/8/2009

    " The book was OK. It definitely could have ended better. I kept looking for the rest of the chapters at the end, or an epilogue. I kept wondering why she introduced random characters, and how they were going to come together. She didn't wrap it up very well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anissa | 1/3/2009

    " I could not get into this book for some reason, skipped to the last chapter to see how it ended:) "

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About the Author

Rebecca Johnson is an Australian author, part-time science teacher, and mother of two. Books in her Juliet, Nearly a Vet series have been twice nominated for the CBCA younger readers section, winner of the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature and nominated for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Rebecca also has an Insect Series with strong links to the Australian Curriculum, presenting facts and scientific knowledge in a fiction format with stunning photographs. This series won the 2014 Whitley Award for Best Educational Series. Rebecca received the 2010 Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.