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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Leary Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe’s finally made it; he’s the star of a hit television show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they’ve got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love.

Or so Julia thinks until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joe’s phone—a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isn’t just a friend. Suddenly Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joe’s messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. Julia’s search forces her to consider the possibility that in the long process of helping Joe become something, she has become a bit of a “nothing,” as her daughter once described her to her class on career day. A big husband-stalking nothing.

When Julia and Joe first met, she was an edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting associations.

Now, faced with the looming awards show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine of Botox, hair extensions, and erotically charged shrink sessions while dodging the sancti-mommies who lie in wait for her at her son’s preschool each day.

A unique take on the perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " Outtakes from a Marriage is by Ann Leary, Dennis Leary's wife. It explores the marriage between Joe and Julia, Joe was an aspiring actor when the two met and married, but he has become very famous during the course of their marriage. Julia starts to think that Joe might be cheating on her, so she starts cyber-stalking him and trying to update her appearence as well. This novel explores what happens to a marriage when one person suddenly becomes famous and how that affects every aspect of their life. Overall, a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " I found this book witty and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 2/14/2014

    " So this was a total guilty pleasure...why is it that trashy books take you like 68 minutes to read? This was written by Denis Leary's wife and it barely classified as "chick lit". A story about a bored wife of a successful actor. Totally predictable - dealing with all the judgemental mothers at her youngest child's elite private school, meeting up with her rich friends for lunch, pampering days spent at the salon and plastic surgeon, being nurtered by her wonderful child care provider who takes care of everything around the house. Of course everyone is beautiful and have amazing sex. Of course she finds out her husband is having an affair. Want a mindless read? This is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/11/2014

    " Very well done insider's take on a Hollywood marriage (he's a successful TV actor, she's a wife and mother). Suspicion of cheating leads to her "stalking" her own husband. Well done, but disappointing ending "

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