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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isabel Gillies Narrator: Isabel Gillies Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life—a handsome, intelligent, loving husband who was a professor; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house in their Midwestern college town; the time and place to express all her ebullience and affection and optimism. Suddenly, the life Isabel had made crumbled. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons. “Happens every day,” said a friend.

Far from a self-pitying diatribe, Happens Every Day reads like an intimate conversation between friends. It is a dizzyingly can-did, compulsively readable, ultimately redemptive story about love, marriage, family, heartbreak, and the unexpected turns of a life. On the one hand, reading this book is like watching a train wreck. On the other hand, as Gillies herself says, it is about trying to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness, and loving your life even if it has slipped away.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Isabel Gillies tells the story of the breakup of her ‘perfect’ marriage with astonishing honesty, sharp humor, and not a shred of self-pity. This is a memoir that reads like a gripping mystery and a moving coming-of-age tale.” 

    David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Proof

  • “Isabel Gillies has written a heartbreaking memoir about the wild unpredictability of the human heart. She is stunningly candid and reminds every reader that, yes, lives fall apart, husbands leave wives, people start over—Happens Every Day. Gillies is moving, funny, authentic, and never a victim. Her voice is instantly compelling.” 

    Elisabeth Robinson, author of The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

  • “A smart, rueful memoir of love, betrayal, and survival.” 

    USA Today

  • “What a strange and wonderful surprise: a gorgeous, funny, exuberant book about the disastrous end of a marriage. A loss like Gillies’ might happen all the time, but it’s rarely met with the passion, compassion, energy, and warmth that suffuse every page. With charming candor, she lays bare her sorrow and her joys, and finds a true—and instructive—talent for transformation and happiness.” 

    Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/17/2014

    " Woman gets cheated on (in real life) and this is her story. Reads like she's telling it to you over a bottle of wine. You are horrified -- and hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/14/2014

    " Although a sad story, Gillies keeps the reader engaged with her warmth and subtle humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cindy Bendroth | 2/10/2014

    " Wish she went more into what happened after her husband left... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/7/2014

    " Isabel tells of how her perfect marriage and family just falls apart when her husband out of the blue says "I cant do it anymore" and wants out of the marriage. He falls for the new younger professor, who is actually Isabel's new friend. Isabel explains the values she was raised on how you always work through a marriage, and how important the marriage vows and family are. She struggles to try and save her marriage, but fails. I would like to now read her husbands account, which I am sure was never written. "

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