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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: Melinda Wade Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781594835261
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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 also always done the right thing. 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 she 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Author Lolly Winston has an uncommonly deft touch while dealing with some of life’s heaviest topics. In her debut bestseller, Good Grief, Winston won acclaim for her moving portrayal of a young woman finding a new life after her husband’ s death. Happiness Sold Separately is one of those wonderfully relatable gems that friends will pass around with a You have to read this recommendation. Sometimes bawdy, sometimes moving, always hilarious, this is a charming, generous book.”

    BookPage

  • “Reader Melinda Wade relates all the details in an intimate, confident voice.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Winston has a real feel for the push and pull of a marriage in crisis, and delivers it in a brisk, funny, no-nonsense style that still comes off as respectful of the material.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • The author allows her characters to seethe, stumble and emerge fully human…Winston skillfully comes into her own with this brave second novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Once again, Winston demonstrates a laserlike ability to focus on the inescapable reality of contemporary relationships, tempering her characters’ abject pain with appealing good humor.” 

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/15/2014

    " I hated so many things about this book! I hated the story line and especially hated all the characters. The husband is a wimp and has absolutely no backbone, the little boy is extremely obnoxious, and the mistress is down right pathetic! Ugh, hated it. And it had such a cop-out ending. Two thumbs down from me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 2/12/2014

    " Disappointing after "Good Grief". Sad, slow and kind of a depressing read in general. The ending was satisfying and probably the best part of the whole book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen Herman | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as her other book. It was a super quick read, not much too it, very predictable, YET enjoyable characters and fun to read. I would only suggest reading for women at the beach. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Barney | 2/7/2014

    " Another great read by Lolly Winston. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/4/2014

    " Elinor is a coporate lawyer who finds herself working more and enjoying her marriage until one day she picks up the phone and finds her husband talking to his girlfriend. Her world implodes but she begins to wonder is it worth saving her marriage or should she just move on until.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 2/3/2014

    " I found this book to be an eye-opening on the "in vitro" process (did I get that word right?). I have a couple of friends who went through the process with their wives, but this really showed me exactly how painful the process is. I also enjoyed reading the book. I found the characters likable for the most part, and I enjoyed how the character approached the challenges they were faced with. Recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 1/26/2014

    " This wasn't as great a read as "Good Grief", however it was a good book. I think it needed a bit more humor infused, with such a depressing topic of affairs and problems conceiving...it really worked well with Good Grief, helping the story along and making it even fun, even though that was a depressing topic as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Lawrence | 1/17/2014

    " Just discovered Lolly Winston and I love her style. Light, quick read that's a great escape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/16/2014

    " Picked this up at the airport having enjoyed Good Grief, her first novel. This one was a similar quick read, but left me a bit depressed. It lacked the originality of Good Grief and the depth of the characters. Not one I'd recommend if you've got something else on the bookshelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/3/2014

    " Although I had a hard time liking any of the characters, I did enjoy this book and would recommend Little Children to anyone who enjoyed this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/31/2013

    " Felt like the characters had to go through too much, but each reaction and each feeling was truly thought out. They each seemed very real to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lacy | 12/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 12/14/2013

    " By the end you wonder what message about marriage the author is trying to convey. I'm not sure what it is but what I gathered from it I didn't like. Well written, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 12/13/2013

    " The best part was the tree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 12/3/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angelica | 7/14/2013

    " Filled with real characters who experience problems that can and do occur, I feel sympathy for every single character. However, at the end of the book, I still have about fifty unanswered questions and feel that nothing has been resolved for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen -only4lightn | 7/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed the way this book was written from so many characters views. Even though the subject wasnt the happy-feel-good stuff, and most of the characters had serious flaws that you really wanted to hate them, I found myself really wanting to find out what happened to them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxanne | 6/23/2013

    " Very middle of the road read. I didn't really like the characters. Actually, I found them irritating. Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Evans | 5/4/2013

    " Very real. The author didn't package this into a nice, predicatable story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mitzi | 3/4/2013

    " I finished reading "Good Grief" and thought I would enjoy another work by Lolly Winston, but I was extremely disappointed. I kept reading - thinking that it would end well. It left me wanting more and well, wishing I had read something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 2/23/2013

    " so far it's OK...not totally grabbing my interest, but I'll read on... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theletter12 | 1/27/2013

    " infertility "

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

    " It held my attention. I'm just not sure how I felt about the story. I really liked Elinore...and that's about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cswallen | 7/1/2012

    " It was ok. Can't remember much about it so that should tell you I wasn't that inthralled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirah | 6/26/2012

    " This was a sweet, touching story about a couple faced with infertility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira Webster-Larranaga | 2/10/2012

    " Well written with good characters and a bit of a surprising ending. I had hoped it would be funnier though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corie | 11/8/2011

    " This book was pretty good. I did find myself getting very mad at Ted the cheating husband. Now that i think about it ALL the characters are kinda annoying. I like Good Grief by this author much better! And i'm not sure I cared for how it ended.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 7/5/2011

    " I was too invested in the characters of this book to have it end the way that it did. I don't enjoy inconclusive endings. I usually judge a book on how well I like it by whether or not I like the end. On this book, I did NOT like the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/20/2011

    " Great book. I couldn't put it down. Lolly is a writer that keeps you interested, knows how people really think and act, doesn't lead you down a rose petal path...but is realistic. I surely hope there is a sequel to Happiness Sold Seperately. The characters deserve it! Me, too! "

  • 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. "

  • 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.