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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425236471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harding (Unravelled) takes a hilarious warts-and-all look at the breakup of Lucy and Trent, and its effect on their sullen 15-year-old daughter, Sam. In alternating chapters written by the combatants, Trent whines about the need to figure out "grown-up, man stuff" rather than stay mired in a "hamster-wheel existence" while Lucy rails at Trent's "curly-haired cow" of a girlfriend and considers her own risky revenge-romance with a TV heartthrob who's 13 years her junior--and Sam's ultimate crush. Sam, meanwhile, in a picture-perfect take of angsty adolescence, desperately manipulates her sparring parents. The trio, their lovers, friends, and colleagues are all lovable screwups, and the lessons learned by Lucy, Trent, and Sam lend a pleasant note of poignancy to the madcap antics.
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Robyn Harding lives with her husband and two children in Vancouver, Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna L. Mcneal on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way we planned. In Robyn Harding's newest novel, Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis, married couple Lucy and Trent discover the truth in this statement the hard way. After being married for almost twenty years, they've come to know each another better than anyone else. Trent is the first to admit it isn't enough, as he's explaining his leaving to his wife:

"We haven't really been connected for years now, Lucy. We work, we co-parent, we pay the mortgage together, but we're not together, not like we used to be."

Lucy, unprepared for his attack, doesn't understand.

"It's called life, Trent," [she] fires back. "It's called raising a family."

With that, Harding begins this story of two people who love one another, but aren't necessarily still in love with one another. Complicating matters is the couple's teenage daughter Sam, who doesn't really care how her parents feel as long as they stay together like a "normal" family.

Harding uses point of view and narrative voice to lend depth to this light-hearted look at a family in crisis. Lucy and Trent trade off chapters, so that the reader is exposed to both perspectives in the split. The reader learns about Lucy's insecurities, at home and in her job as a prop buyer for a popular WB teen drama. Harding also illustrates both Trent's immature actions and his immense love for his daughter through the chapters written in his voice.

The action intensifies as both Lucy and Trent find themselves in relationships with other people that become too serious too fast. They need time to figure out who they are, not time to build new relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on October 27, 2010
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Lucy is shocked when her husband of 16 years, Trent, announces he is leaving her. She knows that their relationship hasn't been the best for a few years, but with careers and their fifteen-year old daughter Sam entering the teenage angst years, she never thought she would actually be heading for a divorce. Trent is tired of his boring marriage and wants his freedom- and the ability to get one his co-workers into bed. Trent has been eyeing the voluptuous Annika while on the job, but she wouldn't give him the time of day unless he was separated from his wife. Finally on his own, Trent gets his singledom and Annika- but suddenly wonders if that is the life he truly wants. Lucy tries to pick up the pieces of her broken marriage, but when her job throws her together with a teen heartthrob actor (also her daughter's biggest crush) Lucy's life begins to spiral downwards.

Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis by Robyn Harding is heartfelt novel that draws readers into the lives of the characters by giving both Lucy and Trent a voice. The chapters are written in alternating point of views from both husband and wife, giving us a chance to really understand both sides and why this marriage failed. Deep emotions are revealed, self-doubt and guilt among others, and be prepared for this story to really make you think and feel for all the characters, not just Lucy and Trent. I really appreciated the ending of the novel as well, which is a rarity for me. I am usually left feeling unsatisfied in these types of relationship conflict stories, or feeling that the ending is too cliché, but I thought Harding did a fantastic job at tying all the loose ends together and giving the characters the ending they deserved. A definite recommendation from me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pia Bernardino on October 14, 2010
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The book begins when Trent explains to Lucy, his wife of almost twenty years that he needs a break and walks out on their marriage. There seemed to be no big issues except for the fact that he was attracted to his co worker, Annika. In his mind, Trent thinks that leaving his wife/family would be the best way to have a better life which of course was the worst thing he did.

Lucy on the other hand was broken and confused but despite the tragedy of losing her husband she tries to balance her career as a production costume designer/purchaser and to be a parent to their daughter, Sam who was deeply affected by their separation. In addition, Wynn who is a heathrob enters her life. To add to the mix, Lucy's daughter has a big crush on Wynn.

The story is presented in both Trent and Lucy's points of view - this provided the reader (me) great insight especially on how generally speaking a man goes through mid life crisis - and to think they say the that women are complex. The novel has heart and humor, it is a light and easy read as the story flowed smoothly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacklin.goines on January 20, 2014
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When I got this book it was because of the title. I thought it was going to be a "true story" comedy about a woman going through her mid-life crisis & all the craziness that comes along with a breakdown.
It really is funny and relatively real life in the mistakes that we make as adults. I like that it's told from the husband's and the wife's points of view, separately.
It seemed to end abruptly but I wasn't disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poppy J. on September 12, 2010
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Lucy and her husband Trent have a charmed life with their teen-aged daughter Sam. That is until Trent has the idea that his life and marriage are not satisfying to him. He decides to leave Lucy on a whim, and gets involved with a co-worker. Lucy attempts to rearrange her life with Sam, to keep it as normal as possible, but does end up spending time unwillingly with a co-worker of her own, with similarly bad results.

The story is told with each successive chapter titled "Lucy" or "Trent," as the characters give their version of the breakup, make up, snogging sessions and remorse over their actions. The story line works as a newly single-gal's rite of passage type of tale - on what to do after the husband walks out. It then turns slightly mad-cap, after both Lucy and Trent are caught in embarrassing sexual situations with co-workers.

The book explores real feelings, self-doubt, self-pity and guilt, while allowing the characters the opportunity to find confidence in themselves when they finally make a move to do the right thing for the family unit.

There are several unrealistic scenarios in the book, but the reader will still enjoy the character's progress towards self-discovery and learning what really matters after all. Recommended for mature audiences for adult infidelity themes, some strong language (humor with swearing) and otherwise great general reading.
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