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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Overton Narrator: Margaret Overton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the four years of physician Margaret Overton’s acrimonious divorce, she dated widely and indiscriminately, determined to find her soul mate and live happily ever after. But then she discovered she had a brain aneurysm. She discovered it at a particularly awkward moment on a date with one of many Mr. Wrongs. 

Good in a Crisis is Overton’s laugh-out-loud funny story of dealing with the most serious of life’s problems: loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence. It’s about spirituality, self-delusion, even sheer stupidity. It’s written from a physician’s perspective, but it’s not about medicine, per se; it’s about coming of age in adulthood, an effort to help others through the awful events that can cluster in midlife. She does this with laughter and the recognition that you may come out the other end, as Overton did, definitely humbled...and only slightly smarter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a story. Margaret Overton’s Good in A Crisis is one harrowing episode after another. But as this grief-stricken anesthesiologist recounts her pain—of divorce, of illness, of bad dates, and worse—she keeps tapping us right in the funny bone. The effect is quite moving and startling.”

    James McManus, New York Times bestselling author

  • Good in a Crisis is a riotous romp through the messy, confusing, wonderful labyrinth of life. If you don’t laugh, cry, sing, and shout while reading this book, call the coroner because you’re already dead. Oh, and I’m nominating Overton for sainthood. She earned it.”

    Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author

  • “‘Men might find you attractive, but only until they find out how smart you are.’ This unhusbandly remark will resonate with a great many women who’ve felt it even if they haven’t heard it in so many words. It’s typical of the fierce candor Margaret Overton summons—along with an intact sense of humor and a doctor’s eye for detail—to tell the story of how she survived a perfect storm of disasters and ended up stronger, wiser, and ready for a kinder future.”

    Rosellen Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] smart and clear-eyed narrative of one woman’s midlife divorce…Overton managed to overcome her many trials as she imparts with humor and some high-handed poise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anesthesiologist Overton appears to be very good in a crisis. She is certainly skilled at crafting a diverting memoir. But she is not good at identifying a good man. Still, a person can’t be good at everything.”


  • “[A] grimly hilarious journey…brutally funny reading about midlife coming of age.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Margaret Overton is a truly funny, nervy, and insightful writer. Despite her personal losses, she and her wonderful memoir are both winners. I love Good in a Crisis!”

    Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man  

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kelli | 2/20/2014

    " Got nothing out if this book at all. I had zero interest in reading about this woman's divorce, bad dates and health issues. I'm sure it was cathartic for her to write, but it didn't inform, educate or entertain me at all. Would not recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rachel Merritt | 2/13/2014

    " Surprisingly, this was not my cup of tea. I couldn't finish it, which is rare for me. Oh well, onto the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doris Hood | 2/4/2014

    " I find honesty and willingness to share a story like this refreshing. People may wonder why an author would want to share such a story. True, it is not a sunshine and roses story with a 'Hollywood ending' ... but mostly, life isn't that way either. Isn't it nice to know that someone has the courage to share the truth, possibly prepare others or even just let them know they aren't crazy for thinking/feeling the same kinds of things - someone else has experienced the same kinds of things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/3/2014

    " I had read about this somewhere and I think it was billed as compelling and funny. It WAS compelling, but not really funny. There are plenty of stories of bad dates in this book, but I didn't find them particularly funny--more painful. I also had a hard time relating to her compulsive dating. In fairness, I'm sure that being with your husband from age 21 until middle age (Overton) gives you a different take on dating and being single than dating someone seriously in college and then being single until your early thirties (me), but I couldn't understand why she kept going out with these men. Would being single have been so bad? At least for a few years? She had children, a career, and it didn't seem as if her marriage had given her companionship even, much less true love, for many years before the ugly divorce. The writing in this memoir is better than serviceable but nothing spectacular. Mostly, as a Chicagoland resident, I was curious about which Jesuit Catholic community she found, which she mentioned fleetingly. I certainly admired the author for living through so many tragic events and having the perspicacity and courage to keep going and to write about them, and this was a quick and interesting read, albeit often depressing and frustrating. (Near the end, when I read the name of a new male acquaintance, I felt like yelling, "Nooooooooo!") I don't recommend this one. "

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