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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lolly Winston Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781415932209
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Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order–college, law school, career, marriage–but now everything’s going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can’t have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it’s probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak.

Elinor’s loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too. Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing. Ted’s lover, Gina–a beautiful and kindhearted nutritionist–always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again.

Can Elinor and Ted’s marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 2/3/2014

    " Heartrending story of how infertility breaks up a marriage. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 2/1/2014

    " I can't believe I even finished this - A boring mis-mash of characters and the story just ended out of nowhere! I literally flipped the page to find one last paragraph followed by a huge section of discussion questions - I was tricked! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie H. | 1/23/2014

    " This is Winston's first novel and I give it two thumbs up for a first attempt. She's witty and snarky and empowers the little voice inside of you that sometimes wants to say "no". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/21/2014

    " such a good honest book about women and how we feel and deal with life. lolly winston is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/20/2014

    " Compelling story line that really held my attention. Written very realistically, and all the characters were relatable, even 10-year-old Toby. A story I could really "sink my teeth into". I was hooked from the beginning and wanted to know what would happen next. Very pleasantly surprised by this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 1/10/2014

    " I know other readers said they preferred the author's first book - I read this first and really was caught up in the characters. "

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

    " Pretty good. Slow at some points, but good story anyways "

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

    " This book wasn't as good as I had hoped. There were to many characters that really didn't have that much to do with the story other than to try to add something that just didn't happen. The diagnosis for why they couldn't have children was way to late in the story to have any impact. I did like how it was honest about the two main characters thought and acted during the whole story. It made them feel real, unlike some of the other characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dre | 12/29/2013

    " Whoa - talk about depressing! The inability to conceive and the destruction of a marriage. I am not quite sure why I read this book. If you are in a dark 'misery loves company' sort of mood then go for it but otherwise I would stay away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellenjsmellen | 12/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this one too, but liked Winston's other book Good Grief much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 12/3/2013

    " I really enjoy the author's characters. I liked the various points of view, which switch in the narration. The ending ties things up and provides a sense of hope for the characters future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CallMeLou | 10/21/2013

    " I didn't like this as much as Good Grief (LOVED that book) but this is still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/28/2013

    " I really don't know what it is about this book that made me like it. I am usually a sucker for happily ever afters, which this definitely isn't. I think I just stumbled upon this book at the right time. I have read plenty of books that I enjoyed more and plenty that were way worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Mulholland | 9/17/2013

    " really liked this story. Will look for more books by this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura LaTour | 9/16/2013

    " Started reading this book July of 2007 and realized I had already read it last summer. I guess it didn't make much of an impression which is sad as I really loved "Good Grief", Winston's debut novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/10/2013

    " I was expecting much more after reading and loving "Good Grief." This book was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/1/2013

    " quick, easy read about some difficult topics: infertility, infidelity, letting go... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cameronne | 1/23/2013

    " This book was okay...I've read better and I've read worse. I was really disappointed at the end. There was only semi-closure for one of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Lee | 8/30/2012

    " So so, not as much humor as first book. Rather depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 8/8/2012

    " The book is a depressing sort of events, but leaves the reader feeling oddly uplifted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 6/30/2012

    " I read Good Grief, by this same author, and I loved it- but this one wasn't as good. Engaging, but not one of my favs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 5/23/2012

    " Okay beach book...nothing too special. The mood is pretty somber throughout...not a whole lot to the plot. It's a lot like her other book 'Good Grief'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/10/2012

    " This book touched the parts of my soul which are hurting. I liked the struggles and accomplishments... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/13/2012

    " Another fine book that I cannot ever part with .... seems I have had this one for forever, and when the time comes to clear space and donate some used books, this one never leaves my shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/21/2011

    " the book started out really well. liked the characters and how divorce affects all parties involved. would keep you entertained up until the very end. just didnt like how the author ended the novel. except for that, i would've given the book a 4 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lacy | 4/7/2011

    " Would not suggest this one. Had a hard time finishing it just out of boredom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanja | 4/5/2011

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. Boring beginning, ok middle, lame ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorna | 3/22/2011

    " Not much to like. I was disappointed as I really liked GOOD GRIEF by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 3/16/2011

    " This book was a bit depressing and a tad slow. I finished the book and thought, "okay, so happiness is sometimes a choice." I don't think I'll be reading any other books by Winston. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/19/2011

    " Listened to the tape. it has it' s moments. 2 1/2 to 3 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mellany | 2/7/2011

    " Only giving it a three star because I like the author's writing. The story itself was just meh. It kept me interested enough to finish it, but nothing I would recommend. I will try to get Lolly Winston first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 1/18/2011

    " I know other readers said they preferred the author's first book - I read this first and really was caught up in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/18/2011

    " This book caught my interest right from the begining. It was hard to put down. I laughed during it, got mad during it, and cried through parts of it. It was a really great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 12/21/2010

    " Interesting. Didn't know who I felt sorrier for... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/6/2010

    " It was a good story with a surprise on how this couple handled marital infidelity coupled with infertility. Lots of big topics for them to deal with. Spot on dialog with lots of witty one liners. I did enjoy the characters comments and inner workings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/5/2010

    " Quick read (under a week). I enjoyed the character of Elinor and loved the way the author did not tie everything up with a bow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/24/2010

    " This book is so sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 11/2/2010

    " A big letdown. I hoped it would be another "Good Grief." it's not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 10/29/2010

    " Interesting story. I was afraid 3/4 the way in that the author was going to be too predicable, but she wasn't. She did good character development, I just didn't like most of the characters... "

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About the Author
Author Lolly Winston

Lolly Winston, born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Connecticut, holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Alan Gurganus and wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis. In the early eighties she went to Hawaii for eight days and stayed for eight years, boogie boarding and working as a corporate copy writer and public affairs officer at a local trauma hospital. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early nineties, where she continued to work as a public relations professional. Her first foray into freelance journalism was as a stringer for Automotive News. After falling off the corporate ladder, she began working from home as a freelance writer for high-tech companies and the San Jose Mercury News. Since then her work has appeared in the magazines Redbook, Family Circle, Working Mother, New Woman, Sunset, Lifetime, and others. She has also taught classes in freelance writing. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several 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.