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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathi Hanauer Narrator: Ellen Arche Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since editing the New York Times bestseller The Bitch in the House, Cathi Hanauer has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the contemporary married woman. Now, in Sweet Ruin, she gives us a story of marital crisis and sexual tension featuring a character close to her heart—and recognizable to us all.

Thirty-seven-year-old Elayna Leopold used to be a New York magazine editor, until she and her young family moved to suburban New Jersey. Two years ago, the death of an infant son sent her into a deep depression—a darkness that begins to lift in the company of a handsome, unattached neighbor. As she fights yearnings that could destroy everything that gives her life shape, a threat to her young daughter’s welfare emerges from an unlikely source, throwing Elayna’s questionable morality into stark relief—and forcing her to make choices she never dreamed she would have to make.

Smart and gripping, Elayna’s story raises heartrendering questions about the challenges of ordinary life—marriage, career, independence, and sexuality—that have no easy answers. Sweet Ruin is a triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent characterizations…dialogue, and the spot-on representation of the family dynamic make this book difficult to put down. One keeps waiting for something horrific to happen, but instead the story builds slowly and plausibly. What happens is subtle and ambiguous—as in real life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Given Hanauer’s keen perceptions and delicate sensitivity, one cannot help but acutely feel the emotional and moral turmoil engulfing this winsome young wife and mother.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/18/2014

    " I couldn't put this down. It was soo good! I absolutely loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Meg | 2/17/2014

    " Seriously, I need to stop reading books about infidelity. It makes me sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/7/2014

    " This is a fast read that I enjoyed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Terri | 1/29/2014

    " Another Goodwill purchase for me. This story -- her affair, her relationship with her father ... didn't work for me. It's going back to Goodwill ... "

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