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Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781480501621
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In this superb collection of short stories, Elizabeth Berg takes us into remarkable moments in the lives of women, when memories and events come together to create a sense of coherence, understanding, and change. In “Ordinary Life,” Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, shutting out her husband and the realities of their life together—and, no, she isn’t contemplating a divorce. She just needs some time to think, to take stock of her life, and to arrive, finally, at a surprising conclusion.

In “White Dwarf” and “Martin’s Letter to Nan,” the secrets of a marriage are revealed with the sensitivity and “brilliant insights about the human condition” (Detroit Free Press) that have become a trademark of Berg’s writing. The Charlotte Observer has said, “Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer.” Those qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in Ordinary Life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quietly uplifting…Berg is a sensitive and controlled writer with an uncanny way of capturing how women think and what they say.”

    USA Today

  • “The facing of life’s difficulties, and the hope that they can be relieved by those around us, is the nicest characteristic of Berg’s writing.”

    Washington Post

  • “The beauty of Berg’s stories is that she leaves us wanting more, wondering where the characters go from here.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A strong collection, sharply observed…with several outstanding stories.”

    Seattle Times

  • “[A] collection of limpid, gemlike stories…Should appeal to readers who like the straightforward prose and clarity of Sue Miller and Jayne Anne Phillips.”, editorial review

  • “Berg’s gentle probing of everyday events offers insight into turning points of life that may not set off fireworks but are nevertheless indelible. Affecting and sentimental.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Berg has been writing about the rock-bottom realities of life…with fidelity, empathy, and awe over the course of nine deeply moving novels…Her short stories, collected here for the first time, cover the same territory with the same sensitivity and imagination, and their conciseness serves to intensify the lucent beauty of Berg’s prose, the verity of her insights, and the tenderness of her regard for her fellow human beings. The relentless misunderstandings between men and women are a particular forte, and Berg approaches the battle between the sexes with graceful inventiveness in several remarkable stories…The title story, a portrait of a longtime marriage, is so radiant and wise it feels like a benediction.”


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About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community.