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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill A. Davis Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061262432
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Emily has a tendency to live with one foot out the door. For her, the best thing about a family crisis is the excuse to cut and run. When her mother dramatically announces they've found a lump, Emily gladly takes a rain check on life to be by her mother's side, leaving behind her career, her boyfriend, and those pesky, unanswerable questions about who she is and what she's doing with her life.

But Emily realizes that she hasn't run fast or far enough. One evening, Emily opens the door, quite literally, to find her past staring her in the face. How do you forge a relationship with the father who left when you were five years old? As Emily attempts to find balance on the emotional seesaw of her life, she takes a no-risk job as a receptionist at her father's law firm and slowly gets to know the man she once pretended was dead.

From the brainy, breezy writer who "writes like a professional comic" (The Onion) and is "hard to stop reading once you start" (USA Today) comes a laugh-out-loud tale that confirms you can recover from your parents, the bad habit of missed opportunities, and men who romance you with meat. When opportunity knocks, it's time to stop running and start living.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ask Again Later is an engaging slice of life.”

    Emily Griffin, bestselling author of Baby Proof

  • “[The] dialogue…crackles with electricity between highly charged characters and is often as funny for what’s left unsaid.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Davis’s book leavens regret and tragedy with a light-handed wit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hilarious, heartfelt...Davis’s witty voice is pitch-perfect.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Comedy and drama is perfectly balanced in Jill A. Davis’ new novel, Ask Again Later.

    Connecticut Post

  • “[Ask Again Later] is both very funny and deeply moving.”

    Booklist

  • “Davis makes the narrative work with effortless light humor and genuine thoughtfulness…Well-drawn characters with emotional integrity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diandra | 2/19/2014

    " This book was amazing. I loved the vignette chapters. I loved the characters. I'm in love with Emily Rhodes. Absolutely loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Ann | 2/17/2014

    " Didn't love it, but found some quotes that were sooooo me that I kept going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grey | 2/14/2014

    " It hit the spot for being a good summer read. It has some emotional themes, but the book's tone is light-hearted. Short vignette chapters are amusing, and they make for a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Nicholas | 2/12/2014

    " This was a quirky book that made me laugh out loud. The author is a funny lady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justina Duncan | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty funny... I laughed out loud on several occasions. "

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

    " After reading Girls Poker Night, this book kind of felt like a rehash. The main character sees a shrink like the last one, sits in a chair like the other chick, has a romance with a coworker, a dad that left her at a young age, and a mom that's a bit strange. The exact details are slightly different but if you read the first book, you could see where this book was heading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 1/18/2014

    " Quick, easy, funny, light read. The plot wasn't heavy or dramatic. This was just a fast enjoyable book. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abigail | 1/15/2014

    " I had a lot of trouble finding the main character at all sympathetic in this one. It was hard to feel like there was much growth or even a super engaging plot. That said, the actual writing is fine and it's a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Pritchard | 1/15/2014

    " I read this book in one day. It is light reading but also very good and fast moving. Throughout the book it twists and turns and you can't put it down. Loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cara | 1/14/2014

    " very entertaining! she can write. . . very witty, some great lines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/8/2014

    " It was OK. Didn't care for the writing style and didn't really feel the character development. Reminded me of "The Girls Guide to Hunting & Fishing" which I also didn't really like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 11/28/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The writing style is entertaining and the story was good. I want to read her other book too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/28/2013

    " Easy to read and entertaining. A funny light read if you have a lot going on in your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Seckman | 11/19/2013

    " I thought the book would be more interesting to read than it was. Not that it was dull, but just kind of a humdrum of a book. The story is interesting but, in my opinion, took a kind of obvious turn near the end that I knew I should have been surprised by but wasn't. Quick read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karrie | 11/6/2013

    " I really liked this book. It's about a woman searching for stable relationships while her mom is going through cancer and her father hasn't been around most of her life. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeene | 10/28/2013

    " interesting book dealing with relationships and loss - reads quicly due to the short chapters that read like short stories that tie the book together "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Richendollar | 9/12/2013

    " It was just so-so. I immediately put it in my "to donate" pile because I know I'll never read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/6/2013

    " Very readable and pretty funny, although I would have appreciated less telling more showing. I liked the internal life of the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 2/7/2013

    " So funny and easy to read. Who doesn't need a book that makes you laugh outloud? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/30/2012

    " Fun, quick read. Enjoyed the humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 11/26/2012

    " This was a very easy read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/4/2012

    " This was better than Jill Davis' debut novel. In parts, it reminded me of The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing. The protagonist could get a little annoying, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Stanton | 2/3/2012

    " cleverly written and fun to read.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 11/20/2011

    " Never finished reading this - just couldn't get into it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Ridoflo | 5/24/2011

    " depressing. quit reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/21/2011

    " Very good, breezy, somewhat literary read. Nothing like I expected, but much better than anticipated. Some twists and turns, a little predictable, but would gladly read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 4/7/2011

    " Read this a couple of years ago and just now remembered it! Funny, light and full of clever insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 3/29/2011

    " A wonderful novel about family, life, and love. I couldn't have enjoyed it more. "

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

    " Great example of using short clips to create a story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/4/2011

    " neurotic and flaky. but not intellectually challenging. i think i'm just sad because i _loved_ her book Girls' Poker Night "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/12/2010

    " It took a bit to get into, but turned out to be good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tarra | 9/30/2010

    " struggled to read the entire book...sleepy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 9/27/2010

    " Not a fan of this book. Again, I am not big on chick-lit so I am not the target audience for this book. Definitely not one I will be keeping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/17/2010

    " I thought the book would be more interesting to read than it was. Not that it was dull, but just kind of a humdrum of a book. The story is interesting but, in my opinion, took a kind of obvious turn near the end that I knew I should have been surprised by but wasn't. Quick read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 9/2/2010

    " This was a great book with clever humor. Good, light, quick reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Nicole | 8/23/2010

    " Quick read and coming from me that says something. Wasn't terrible or hard to get into, but due to it's length I actually stayed interested and finished. I think there is a bit of the character in all of us that can relate at one time or another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misslg34 | 6/30/2010

    " Not as funny as I was hoping. I like the small chapters as I get ADD otherwise. Interesting character development, but it ends too neatly - all bundled up like a perfectly wrapped gift package. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 6/27/2010

    " This book spoke to me in parts.. quick, but insightful read. "

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About the Author
Author Jill A. Davis

Jill A. Davis was a writer for Late Show with David Letterman, where she received five Emmy nominations. She has also written several television pilots and movie screenplays in addition to short stories. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Ilyana Kadushin was born in Miami and raised in the rural cornfields of Maryland. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York City and has performed in many theater productions. Kadushin wrote and performed a one woman multimedia musical called Devour the Apple.