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Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story Paperback – March 2, 2010
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— John Searles, MSNBC.com
“A memoir so raw you feel like it’s your best friend telling you her story.”
— Glamour, “Must-Read”
“A smart, rueful memoir of love, betrayal and survival.”
— O, the Oprah magazine
“You gobble up [Happens Every Day], rooting for the engaging Gillies… A guilty pleasure for readers."
— USA Today
“I couldn’t help but admire her bravery in exposing the dark side of her seemingly perfect life in such a good-humored, self-effacing way…. You feel nothing but deepest sympathy.”
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So it was that I saw that Isabel Gillies had written a book "Happens Every Day" about how her husband suddenly left her and their two very young sons, and I was compelled to read it. I'm very glad I did. It's wonderfully told; honest and touching. Gillies doesn't wallow in it, and she offers no excuses. She is honest about herself and all the red flags she missed. She even muses on why people in love miss or ignore red flags and clear warning signs...we all do it. It must have something to do with what love does to the chemistry in our brain. Later, after the boom has been lowered on you, the signs are all there - clear as day - only to make you feel like an even bigger fool.
Gillies paints a detailed cringe-inducing description of how she unwittingly befriended and sponsored the woman who "ran off with" her husband. We readers are uncomfortable while reading these passages because we already know that this woman is going to betray her, and we can't warn her...it's too late.Read more ›
As an academic myself, I find it easy to despise the faux-French "other woman." For once she lands Gilles' husband, she becomes a spousal hire at Oberlin and does not have to search for another job. She avoids having to settle for teaching four sections of freshman composition a semester at a third tier university. In my experience, that alone for any fledgling professor is enough to break up a marriage. Now she can concentrate on some drab 18th century research that few outside academia will ever read. The only problem is she is married to a man who clearly has a fear of commitment;he left his pregnant first wife and left his second wife with two very small children for other women. So in one way she is like Sylvia Plath who was married to the poet Ted Hughes, the womanizer who was/is despised by millions, mostly academic women. Unlike Plath, she is like the many women who go after married men, who do not respect women enough to stay away. She may rationalize it as fate, finding her soul mate, something obscurely French about joy, life, love-- but the truth be told, she went after another woman's husband and took him, and even when Gilles begged her to stop, she did not.
For him: he is an average poet and scholar who is at a college with no graduate students. He is married to a woman with a cloying French accent who grew up in Vermont of all places. This may ultimately be a nightmare for a Harvard Phd.Read more ›
This is a story about a woman whose fairytale life was cut short by circumstances, human vagaries, and perhaps chance. She tells her story with compassion, understanding and grace.
Happens Every Day is a heart-warming look at love lost, love found, forgiveness and finding joy in the present moment. This is a wonderful, uplifting book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the title says: It happens every day. Families break up, get reconfigured and the earth keeps turning. Painful, hopeful. We pick up the pieces and , with our wound, move on.Published 7 months ago by willow
Extremely well written true story of the disintegration of the marriage of a young couple with two children (3 years and 18 months). Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Brock
Started out a bit disjointed, but quickly drew me in. Unique, exquisitely personal take on a marriage breaking up. It may "happen every day," but never to you...Published 13 months ago by Patricia B. Ware
The writing isn't great; just mediocre. However, the story is very interesting and somewhat makes up for the juvenile writing style and repetitive word choices.Published 15 months ago by Maria J. Fahlsing
A friend suggested this book so she must have liked it okay. I could not stand it. 'Poor me' the whole way. Felt like a book of revenge on her ex-husband. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Birgit Heidorn
The author of this book handles her husband's infidelity like a champ! I needed tips, because when my husband cheated- I went a little nuts LOL.Published 20 months ago by Adriana
I LOVE this book. Its like she is relating directly to me! She is a great writer. You really get a great description of whats going on.Published 21 months ago by Lisa