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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayelet Waldman Narrator: Susan Denake Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With wry candor and tender humor, acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman has crafted a strikingly beautiful novel for our time, tackling the absurdities of modern life and reminding us why we love some people no matter what.

For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson, a know-it-all preschooler named William who has become her number one responsibility every Wednesday afternoon. With William, Emilia encounters a number of impossible pursuits, such as the pursuit of cab drivers who speed away when they see William's industrial-strength car seat and the pursuit of lactose-free, strawberry-flavored, patisserie-quality cupcakes, despite the fact that William's allergy is a figment of his over-protective mother's imagination.

As much as Emilia wants to find common ground with William, she becomes completely preoccupied when she loses her newborn daughter. After this, the sight of any child brings her to tears, and Wednesdays with William are almost impossible. When his unceasing questions turn to the baby's death, Emilia is at a total loss. Doesn't anyone understand that self-pity is a full-time job? Ironically, it is only through her blundering attempts to bond with William that she finally heals herself and learns what family really means.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yaffa Shira | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked the book, and liked it even more as I got close to the end. No unrealistic happy endings, and make-ups. I also thought the title was so apt only after I finished the book. Not that it wasn't that obvious throughout, I just didn't give it much thought until the end. I think Waldman is a good writer. So much of the book takes place in Central Park, and Waldman describes the park itself and the people who frequent it, that it made me so sad that I didn't even take advantage of the park while I lived in Manhattan, and made me want to vow to visit all of it when I go to NY. (Can't make that vow, knowing I can't uphold it) Now, I'd like to read her other books! Her name has absolutely no bearing on her content (this surprised me!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Monica | 2/10/2014

    " I thought it would be a 3-star book but ultimately decided on 2 because I didn't really like any of the characters. While I certainly don't fault Emelia for wallowing in her misery (I don't I'd be as functional as she if I'd lost a child), she is right: it's not very interesting. Something about it got to me though-- I kept turning the pages. So points for plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chalida | 1/29/2014

    " Waldman's writing grabs your attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann | 1/27/2014

    " Well written but the main character is a self-centered histrionic drama queen. She lost her baby to SIDS on its second day of life, so of course one feels for her. But this pregnancy is a result of seducing a man married to someone else. The relationships do grow and change in a positive direction, but it was hard for me to like any of the characters much. Otherwise, it's a good book. "

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