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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743463544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743463546
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Newly single and the mother of two girls, Kennedy Smith is primed to "grab hold of a new life." Her best friend advises giving her marriage one more try, but Kennedy is relieved that Frank, "who couldn't make it through a cocktail party without mentioning he'd gone to Harvard Law," has left her. In rapid-fire order Kennedy helps her teenager search for her real father; reconnects with the love of her life, Declan McGlynn, lover extraordinaire; and purchases a dilapidated house, convinced she can renovate it herself. She feels more at home in the "ghetto" of her suburban New Jersey town than she ever did in the huge home provided by Frank. Kennedy finds happiness with Declan but only after a brief scare when he contemplates making the expected commitment to his young daughter's mother. Kennedy's spunk is what elevates this first novel above the average jilted-woman-finds-true-love romance, as, guided by how-to books from the library and armed with flea-market tools, Satran's heroine gradually returns her house to its former charm while simultaneously rebuilding her own sense of self worth. Deborah Donovan
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Jacquelyn Mitchard This witty first utterly charming.

Alice Elliott Dark I love, love, love The Man I Should Have Married. Pamela Redmond Satran has captured Kennedy's dilemma with energy and wit. I couldn't put it down.

More About the Author

I'm the New York Times bestselling author of a new novel, The Possibility of You; a new nonfiction book, Glamour's 30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She's 30; and a forthcoming humor book, Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy? I'm also the co-creator of the million-visitor website and the coauthor of ten bestselling books about names. A columnist for Glamour and frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and More Magazine, my husband journalist Richard Satran and I are the parents of three children.

Customer Reviews

A perfect beach book.
The writing in this book is fine, but it's hard to identify at all with the main character, Kennedy.
I just found that part of the story to be soooo almost ruined the book for me.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on May 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
When Kennedy's husband of nearly a decade decides to leave her for his former lover, a surfer named Sunny no less, Kennedy is forced to move on and raise their children as a single mom.

Her surly teenager Maya is in desperate need of several bars of soap for her smart mouth and wants to meet her birth father; her youngest just wants everything back to normal; and her five-times married mother wants her to get her groove on and find a new man. Ex-husband Frank announces that he is going to quit his lucrative law practice to become a yoga instructor, and Kennedy is faced with having to move to a smaller place. A fixer upper has her salivating and her family and friends ready to run for the hills.

When she goes back to the Greenwich Village tavern she worked at prior to getting married, she hooks up with the lust of her life, bartender/owner Declan McGlynn. As they share yet another one night stand, both are feeling a bit more for each other, though neither is willing to admit it, but tentatively start a relationship. When Declan admits that there is someone else in his life, Kennedy gives him an ultimatum, and doesn't like his choice. When she is given a chance for reconciliation with Frank, will she take it?

Satran's debut is a slick and sexy novel about a women's journey to right the wrongs of her life in a path of self-discovery. She has peppered it with a flawed heroine, great secondary characters, and conversational dialogue that never seems forced.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Beach season has almost begun -- thus, there are various books that you might want to take with you on vacation. The Man I Should Have Married is one of them.
After her husband leaves her for another woman, Kennedy feels that a fun and feisty single life is long overdue. She is determined to regain the independence she had before settling with life in suburbia. A meaningless fling with Declan -- her former boss and friend, not to mention object of her desire -- might do the trick. But she hadn't envisaged the fact that there's more to her attraction to Declan than meets the eye. To make matters worse, her teenage daughter has become insubordinate and seeks love and attention from her wayward father. There are various twists in the novel.
The Man I Should Have Married is a fun novel to read on the beach. The realistic situations within the story are above most of today's women's fiction. Thus, I recommend it most highly...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By karen Levine on July 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was suggested in the New York Times along with other contemporary novels, by and about women. One of the other books, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer was among the prized company it was in. Therefore, I thought this book would be of that ilk, written in the same high standard but boy was I mistaken.
The plot was ridiculous, the reading level was Junior High and there was no character development at all. I wasn't even cheering for Kennedy because I didn't respect her and didn't see what this great chemistry between her and Declan was all about. This book was a total waste of my time in every sense. You are suppose to come away from a book learning something. For me, it passed the time on a long train ride, that's about it. Gravely disappointing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ram Sam on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Now I love 'chick' books. You know, they make you cry, make you laugh, make you want to fall in love all over again and sometimes tell your mom you're sorry...... you know what I mean. I thought this book looked fun, and I was right. I snatched it up (have I menetioned I love this fun size of paper back and I thought the cover was cute?) and rushed home to start it. here are the things I loved about this book-
It is not tough to keep up with the dialogue, characters, or plot. That being said you may chalk it up for the perfect travel read, or pool side mind grabber. It does deliver a little bit of action... you know, romantic style, so it has it's hot moments you enjoy, and it has quite a bit of fun humor, without trying too hard to be funny.
Kennedy is likable, sometimes reminding you a little of yourself, sometimes reminding you what you wish you could be (just walk in and say "hi" to that old love just like it is the most casual thing in the world....) As she is working thorugh divorce and the troubles it brings (single child rearing... house buying/ selling/ fixing up) you will watch her grow. There are fun twists, fun friends, and of course, the never ending mother issues.... but it's all fun while being just touching enough at the same time.
This is a fun, light, romantic book, and if you are looking for that this summer, or for your next road trip, pick this up. It will let you enjoy your reading time and give that much needed escape from your own daily tasks!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. N Sandell on August 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Thank you! This book was recommended to me when I logged on to buy something else and boy, am I glad. I probably wouldn't have given it more than a passing glance in the bookstore, but I read the other reviews here on Amazon and was impressed. I finished this book wanting more. I was drawn into the lives of Kennedy and Declan and have been wondering since finishing the book just last night: What would have happened between this couple if the book was just a bit longer? Don't get me wrong, the ending was quite satisfying as was the whole reading experience, but I for one wasn't ready to let the story end.
Kennedy Burns very quickly finds herself as a single mother when her husband Frank leaves her as well as his job at a lucrative law firm to become of all things, a yoga instructor!! Kennedy also happens to be dealing with a very difficult teenage daughter who wants to find her real father. This premise has been dealt with in lots of women's fiction before this, but I really felt that this book dealt all these things in a fresh, new way.
At first, I really couldn't relate to Kennedy. I thought her character was flat and there didn't seem to be a connection between her and her daughters or for that matter, what was happening in her life. I felt that the author was just simply telling a story and as the reader, I was just reading the words printed on the page, I wasn't becoming involved. But that is the beauty of this novel. I continued to change my opinion as Kennedy changed, matured and grew into her new life. A nice thing to see was that Kennedy, who was once very dependent transformed into someone very self-reliant.
Because of the cover art and the title one might think that this is just another run of the mill chick-lit book. Really, there is something deeper and more satisfying at work here. You will be sad when this one ends!!
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