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When it Happens to You - Molly Ringwald
When it Happens to You
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When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren't facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be. Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of... show more
When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren't facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be. Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. Writing with a deep compassion for human imperfection, Ringwald follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life—revealing the deceptions, heartbreak, and vulnerability familiar to us all. In "The Harvest Moon," a stay-at-home mom grapples with age, infertility, and an increasingly distant husband. In "Ursa Minor," a former children's television star tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for "exhaustion." An elderly woman mourns the loss of her husband and her estranged relationship with her daughter in "The Little One." In "My Olivia," a single mother finds untapped reserves of strength to protect her flamboyant six-year-old son who wishes only to wear dresses and be addressed as Olivia. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement. As the lives of these characters converge and diverge in unexpected ways, Ringwald reveals a startling eye for the universality of loss, love, and the search for connection. An unflinching yet poignant examination of the intricacies of the human heart, When It Happens to You is an auspicious literary debut.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061809460 (0061809462)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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the reading chronicles
the reading chronicles rated it
3.0 Molly Ringwald's When It Happens to You
When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren't facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be.Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interli...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
5.0 When It Happens to You
A couple stories into When It Happens to You, it is easy to dismiss Molly Ringwald as nothing more than a celebrity author. Yes, she's a good writer—surprisingly good in fact—but she's not doing anything original. Those first couple stories reminded me all too much of the suppressed-woman-coming-of-...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
I’m not a big fan of the short story, generally speaking. I’m inclined to blame it on my high-school literature classes, where they made up the bulk of what we studied, but it’s probably more because I prefer to spend more time with the characters and situations that I meet in fiction, and by defini...
Lisa Likes Books
Lisa Likes Books rated it
3.0 When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories
I was really interested in this book for two reasons:1. Molly Ringwald2. I love the idea of a book written in short stories.Molly Ringwald sure didn’t disappoint me with this one. (A lot of people are wary of books written by celebrities because, unless they have a ghostwriter, it will probably be s...
Jera's Jamboree
Jera's Jamboree rated it
When It Happens to You is unique. The short stories take us on an emotional journey through two main characters lives. They are linked with each one, even when they are not the main topic of the individual story but are peripheral characters. This connection running through makes the story whole. ...
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