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Author: Margaret Overton Narrator: Margaret Overton Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781609988562
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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  

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 Rachel | 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 Doris | 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2014

    " Despite the whining Margaret does about her life and the men she met, I was enlightened by some of the thought provoking comments she made about divorce and relationships in the aftermath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/19/2014

    " Funny - easy - good summer read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phil | 12/31/2013

    " Did not like it and quit after 4 chapters. Could not take the whiny theme and constant crying. if there were funny parts I did not see them in those chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 12/10/2013

    " Fantastic memoir of a doctor's divorce and subsequent life with her children afterwards. Lots of funny, some sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/10/2013

    " Dr Margaret Overton's memoir of her life after divorce - dating adventures through, and aneurysm, and subsequent even-worse dating experiences. She reveals both the amusing and the abysmal. An engrossing read. "

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

    " The timing of our book club discovering and scheduling to read this book is this month is a very interesting coincidence with what is going on in my life all of a sudden! It helped me to have read it at this time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 11/26/2013

    " I love reading about anyones journey. Grateful for Overton to share hers. My favorite 2 pages were the ones on happiness theory and one's happiness set point. It was worth it to read it...even just for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 11/8/2013

    " This book was absolutely amazing. The author had such a great story to tell. It was so inspirational, full of laughs, and she gives the reader so much hope. By far one of the best books I've read in a while. I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/24/2013

    " Wasn't mad a out this book. I felt that the mother felt do sorry for herself all she want was her kids to look after her. I kept shouting get yourself together & get on with your life you are a grown woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 6/9/2013

    " Enjoyed reading this book! There were a lot of life lessons in this book. When you get older you trust people more, which is probably not always a good idea. Interesting read. Young girls should pick their mates carefully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 4/24/2013

    " I loved this book! Should be essential reading for all 40/50/60s separated/divorced women about to start dating again. It's a 'what not to do!'. Took her a while to learn her lessons but it sounds as if she finally did. Funny and very touching, I really saw myself in some of what she did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 12/24/2012

    " A very depressing book. Margaret Overton makes decades of bad decisions and put them all down on paper. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alisa | 11/13/2012

    " Too awkward to finish. I didn't find it funny at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 9/7/2012

    " OMG... This book dragged on after chapter 15. I thought I would learn something from this book a I too am going through a divorce. But this book did nothing but drag on like my on going divorce. Please don't read this book. I bought a hardcover copy and want my money BACK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 5/10/2012

    " This should be the handbook to life. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olwen | 2/5/2012

    " Disliked the character Margaret - she is so limp - listened to it as an ebook and the narrators accent was a huge put off. Margaret and her string of men were particularly boring. Drifted off through parts of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/4/2012

    " This was a good book about a woman' doctor's life after her divorce. Dont' worry, Im not looking for ideas. But it was an honest, funny, poignant memoir. "

About the Author

Margaret Overton is the author of two non-fiction books, Hope for A Cool Pillow and Good in a Crisis. She is also a physician and a mother of two, and she holds an MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.