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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: Random House Format: Abridged 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 soulmate. 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 Marti | 2/20/2014

    " Due to a rather unsympathetic main character this book is not as good as Waldman's "Daughter's Keeper." Still worth reading. I see Waldman has gone back to nonfiction ("Bad Mommy") but I hope she has not completely given up on fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendra | 2/15/2014

    " I'm giving this four stars instead of three because even when characters and the writing got tiresome, I didn't want to put it down. I found myself being moved by unexpected moments -- some spelled out in detail and others implied in a lovely way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katrinka | 2/13/2014

    " By the end of the second chapter, I was done with this book due too much foul language and crudeness. No thanks! There are too many truly creative and good things out there to waste my time with such filth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book, couldn't put it down - read it in one day flat. I haven't read anything quite like it in a very long time. It's one of those that you get really frustrated and annoyed with the main character, but at the same time totally understand and sympathize with why she does what she does. However, the sole reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because of the author's pretentious overuse of "big"/obscure words. I consider myself well-educated, and well-read with a firm grasp of the English language and an above average vocabulary. However, I visited dictionary.com far more often during the course of this book than I think I have in all my years since high school combined. (Some of my favorites - subcutaneous, braggadocio, lugubrious, hydrocephalic, sybarite, self-aggrandizement.) I get it - Ms. Waldman and her characters are highly intellingent beings, I just wish she didn't feel the need to make her audience feel quite so inferior. That said, I plan to read "Red Hook Road" next, which has come highly recommended. I hope the same trend is not present in that work, as I doubt I'd be able to tolerate anything further from her. "

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