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Ordinary World [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Lorello
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Book Description

Readers who fell in love with Andi Cutrone in Elisa Lorello’s first novel, Faking It, can now join Andi on a new journey in which she faces a challenge unlike any she has ever known. Ordinary World begins six years after Lorello’s first installment left off: Andi is blissfully married, works as a recently tenured professor at Northampton University, and is a published author. Life is ideal—until her husband’s death in a senseless accident shatters Andi’s world, plunging her into a gulf of depression and grief. Her family and friends do what that they can to ease her anguish, but no one seems to have the right words to heal Andi’s pain. On the advice of a friend, she travels to Italy to escape and unexpectedly runs into the man who once helped her discover her authentic self. As their friendship is renewed, Andi finally begins to heal, daring to hope that someday she will be happy again. Both wrenching and uplifting, Ordinary World is a moving tale of love and loss, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and hope.


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Book Description: Readers who fell in love with Andi Cutrone in Elisa Lorello’s first novel, Faking It, can now join Andi on a new journey in which she faces a challenge unlike any she has ever known. Ordinary World begins six years after Lorello’s first installment left off: Andi is blissfully married, works as a recently tenured professor at Northampton University, and is a published author. Life is ideal—until her husband’s death in a senseless accident shatters Andi’s world, plunging her into a gulf of depression and grief. Her family and friends do what that they can to ease her anguish, but no one seems to have the right words to heal Andi’s pain. On the advice of a friend, she travels to Italy to escape and unexpectedly runs into the man who once helped her discover her authentic self. As their friendship is renewed, Andi finally begins to heal, daring to hope that someday she will be happy again. Both wrenching and uplifting, Ordinary World is a moving tale of love and loss, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and hope.

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Question: When, and how, did you know that Andi Cutrone's story wasn't finished? Was it before or after Faking It came out? Did you always have the rest of the story in mind or did it develop while you wrote it?

Elisa Lorello: Once I knew how Faking It was going to end, I pretty much knew that Andi’s story wasn’t going to be over. It was more a gut feeling than anything else. However, I had no idea at that time where the story was going to go or what was going to happen to her. It wasn’t until several years later, after I had relocated, that I knew what the story was going to be. And I was resistant at first because by then I had gotten so close to these characters and didn’t want them to be hurt. But when a story or a truth needs to be told, as a writer you have to honor that and get out of its way. But I definitely grieved with Andi and rooted for her all the way.

Question: You manage to turn the concept of an "ordinary" life into an extraordinary novel. And yet, being ordinary isn't something people are prone to want. How did you keep Andi's seemingly "everyday" goals compelling for the reader?

Elisa Lorello: That’s an interesting question. For much of the book, Andi’s everyday goals were nothing more than to get through the day, and I think a lot of readers got frustrated with her because for every step forward she took three steps back. I think that, in many ways, is an ordinary response to extraordinary circumstances. But the idea of finding solace in ordinary things--a cup of coffee, a book, a walk in the park, etc.--was ultimately the healing point for Andi and made life extraordinary. And I think that’s something we can all apply to our lives. We don’t need a traumatic experience to do so.

Question: The rhetoric elements in the novel are quirky and fun and really give the reader a bird's eye view into the world of academia. As a Rhetoric teacher, how much of your own college and teaching experience did you include and how much is simply your imagination?

Elisa Lorello: The rhetorical elements are all from what I learned and practiced, and pretty much parodied my own teaching philosophies at the time. I was fresh out of grad school when I wrote Faking It, so it’s kind of funny now to see how I sort of threw in everything I knew and loved, and how green and idealistic it is. I also watched a lot of The West Wing at the time and couldn’t help but absorb the style of dialogue--that’s not to say that I was trying to write like Aaron Sorkin, but it was definitely influential and something that I think worked really well in both novels. I still love how wonderfully rhetorical both novels are.

I so feel for Andi when she has that meltdown in front of her students in Ordinary World. In terms of my own emotional connection to the character, it was one of the hardest scenes to write.

Question: You're currently working on your next book. Anything you can share with us before it comes out?

Elisa Lorello: I’m one of those people who are really superstitious about revealing any detail about a work in progress. All I’ll say is that I’m taking a new approach by writing it from the point of view of two different characters, one of which is written in third person and is male. I’m also back to writing solo after collaborating on Why I Love Singlehood.


About the Author

Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. In addition to teaching, Elisa wrote the Kindle best-selling novels Faking It and Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and Adulation. After six years in North Carolina, she has recently returned to the northeast.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2834 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597361
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZWZW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings January 20, 2010
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Spoilers Alert. This review discusses the ending of the book. NOTE - Elisa Lorello has very thoughtfully responded to my concerns listed below in the first comment attached to the review. Please be sure to read her comment.
I loved Faking It, but I have very mixed feelings about Ordinary World. Something that was just a niggling concern as I read Faking It really began to annoy me in Ordinary World. I don't think that Devin/David was given a fair shake. Why is it that we would perceive a female who was driven to prostitution by an emotionally abusive parent as a victim, and the `johns' as abusing the situation, but we are so ready to cast the roles in the other direction if it is a male prostitute/'escort'.
Andi is in a world of hurt after her husband dies. She is justifiably self-centered and needy. She runs into her old flame Devin/David who still loves her and he tries to help her through the pain. She justifies her lack of emotional commitment to the relationship by the fact that `he did it to her before' - painting him as the aggressor rather than the victim in her earlier relationship with him. She deifies her former husband as `perfect' and refuses to acknowledge flaws in their relationship. In the end, she agrees to a relationship with Devin/David only because she can never have Sam again. She never once acknowledges any quality in which Devin/David (who is a pretty spectacular guy) is better than her former husband, except that he is alive. Even the last sentence - [Life with Sam was fabulous because Sam is fabulous, Life with Dev is ordinary] expresses that concept.
I know someone who feels that way about their current marriage after their first spouse died. It's wrong and unfair.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much Grief January 24, 2010
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Like Andi, my husband was killed suddenly in a senseless accident, leaving me a young widow to cope alone. At the 70% point of this book, Andi has wallowed in her grief for two long years and I have suffered every minute with her. Not in a good way. Frankly, by about the 40-45% point in the book, my sympathy for and empathy with her was completely exhausted. Sadly, there is nothing in this character to like. She uses her friends, finally 'understands' but is still a jerk with her mother and her self-absorption knows no bounds. Grief is no excuse for two years of bad behavior. I rarely give up on a book ¾ of the way through, but I just plain do not care what happens to Andi. I have begun another book and likely will not be able to force myself to finish this one. Ever.

If you enjoy mucking about in vicarious grief, this is the right book. If you'd like to read something with even a glimmer of strength and self-reliance, look elsewhere.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisa Lorello gets it. December 27, 2009
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I just finished Ordinary World. I was a fan of Faking it so I was looking forward to the sequel. Nothing could have prepared me for the powerful emotions I got from this book. I lost my wife last spring after a 6 month illness and I lived so many of the thoughts and emotions Andi was dealing with and I certainly could identify with what she was feeling. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one should read this book and so should anyone else. Ms Lorello really gets it. She has captured the experience of loss like no other author I have read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Disappointing and Unsatisfying February 3, 2010
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After reading Faking It, I was so excited to see that this book was available. I almost didn't buy it based on the synopsis. However, being the sucker for happy endings that I am, I purchased it. I'm really sorry that I did. While I understood Andi's grief, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the way she used Dev/David throughout this book. In fact, she used everyone which to me wasn't her nature. In the first book she was an emotional wreck but she grew from that and honestly I felt like this book was written by a different author. Kind of like Andi finishing Sam's novel. This was far from the happy ending I was hoping for. It left me very unsatisfied and wishing for more. At least at the end of Faking It I felt that both Andi and Dev/David were in good places. At the end of this book I felt like Andi got everything and poor Dev/David was selling out to be with the person he loved knowing that she truly didn't love him the way he deserved to be loved. In a sense she was no better than his "clients" in his former life. Really sad when you think about it and not at all what I hoped for. Live and learn, next time I'll go with my gut instinct after reading a synopsis.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Ending Ever! February 22, 2010
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I loved "Faking It," and I was even okay with Andi marrying Sam in the end. "Ordinary World" was a journey of mourning for Andi after Sam's passing, and I understand the enormous swing of emotions that one goes through when mourning. I just had a difficult time trying to keep up with those emotions and by the end of it (finding it difficult to even try to sympathize with her), was hoping that she would find her "Ordinary World" and end up with Dev/David. I was elated to find her meeting up with David/Devin again in Italy and was hoping that they would live happily ever after. I'm a sucker for happy endings and maybe that scenario would have been too neatly packaged, I don't know. All I know was the last 4 lines of the book ruined it all for me. I don't know if the kindle version left off a couple pages or if that truly was the ending. I just felt like I was left hanging and unsatisfied after finishing the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I loved this book as much as the first book. I love the characters and the storyline. Can't wait to read the last one.
Published 6 hours ago by Wayne Shuler
4.0 out of 5 stars Horsey girl.
This was a good book, it did keep me coming back to it. It was fun reading it after falling it, because I knew everyone. Falling it should be a prerequisite!
Published 1 day ago by Horsey girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Andi did not seem like the same person as in the first book and ...
I ordered Faking It, which was ok. The second book was a little too much mourning for me, Andi did not seem like the same person as in the first book and I didn't understand what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jillranae
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice wrap
Happy to have book two. Nice story and wicked smart writing. I'm seeking more from the author, a great voice
Published 1 month ago by JLOminne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
First book started slow but I am hooked. Just finished 2 can't wait to start 3, being from NE, I can relate to the setting
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this story a lot and how it followed through ...
I liked this story a lot and how it followed through somewhat where I wanted it to go. There is somewhat of a lesson in how to handle yourself and relationships I found thought... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diane M. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I like books I can relate to and in result learn something new about myself... that's exactly what this book did for me. I loved it. It's an easy read as well.
Published 2 months ago by Leidy A.
3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed Faking It
I read Ordinary World after reading Faking It. I really enjoyed Faking It, but was disappointed by Ordinary World. I thought it was sad and sometimes depressing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by danilynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this story! The perfect ending to the perfect story!
Published 2 months ago by lavetta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was good and kept me wanting more!
Published 3 months ago by Denise Kaminski
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More About the Author

Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. She has been teaching first-year writing to university students since 2000, but went on sabbatical in fall 2012. Elisa spent six years in North Carolina, where she split her time between teaching and writing, and returned to the northeast in October 2012.

Elisa is the author of the Kindle best-selling novels Faking It and Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and Adulation.

Some of Elisa's favorite pastimes include chocolate, reading, and walking. She is also an avid fan of Duran Duran, pop tarts, and finding the perfect shade of lipstick.

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