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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:
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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.”


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


  • “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.” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Diane Barney | 2/7/2014

    " Another great read by Lolly Winston. "

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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.