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Another Piece of My Heart Hardcover – March 13, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews

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“A clear-eyed look at our idealized notions of love, family, and motherhood…Green is at her finest with this compelling novel. Deeper, more complicated, and more ambitious than her previous books, it will keep readers on edge as they wait to see how these tense family dynamics play out.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“Told with her trademark sensitivity and insight, Green's latest offers everything readers expect from her: a moving story peopled with nuanced, sympathetic characters.” ―Booklist

“Green ramps up the emotional stakes.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of Green's female-centric bestsellers will relish this latest family melodrama…Green paints a clear-eyed portrait of the challenges of step-parenting while offering hope that in even the most damaged relationships, dreams can come true.” ―People

“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in…Green's sympathetic portrayals of Andi and Emily resonate.” ―USA Today

“Could be the biggest novel of the bestselling writer's career.” ―The Connecticut Post

“Green finds honesty in [Andi and Emily's] alternating voices.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Green creates emotionally nuanced characters, first setting the scene from Andi's view, then shifting to Emily's first-person perspective. Green creates sympathy for Emily, by giving her hurt and insecurity an authentic teenage voice. While the character details of Green's family drama are unique, the emotions ring true and universal.” ―The New Jersey Star-Ledger

“Jane Green surpasses herself in her latest novel, a powerful and moving story of a family on the edge of emotional wreckage, and how love truly can--when combined with strength, patience and a little bit of grace--conquer all. I flew through it, unable to sleep until I knew how it turned out. That's how much she made me care.” ―Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion

“Jane Green writes of true love, instant families and the heartache of happily ever after with skill, grace and wisdom. You will laugh and cry as you read Andi's story, and you'll be inspired to pick up the phone and call your best friend to read a scene aloud. It's that good. It's that riveting. It's essential reading for the modern woman looking for connection and escape.” ―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and the Valentine Series

Another Piece of My Heart is an ambitious, at times devastating, and always wise novel that conveys the endless ways in which family both destroys us and saves us, very often at the same time.” ―Jonathan Tropper, bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and assorted Anthologies.  Passionate about both food and the home, most weekends see her cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591823
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Andi is in her early forties and has been married to Ethan for 6 years. She's also stepmother to his two daughters - Sophia is 12 and Emily is 17. Her relationship with Sophia is close and warm, but Emily has never accepted Andi and it's causing serious friction in her marriage. As she wryly observes, the only times that she and Ethan fight, it's about Emily, but lately the fights have been occurring more often and more bitterly. Meanwhile Emily is going through an extremely rebellious phase. One night Ethan gets a call to say that his daughter has been arrested, but that's only the tip of the trouble that she has got herself into.

This is an extremely easy book to read. I read most of it in one day. It hums along, without any real twists or tension, but not entirely predictably either. The main problem that I had with it was that I never cared about any of the characters. Ethan, Andi and Emily are all pretty flawed and not terribly likeable. Nor did I believe for one moment in any of Andi's friends - they didn't feel like real people. But having said that, it's still an enjoyable read and I still found myself caught up in it. It's the kind of book that you want to read on holiday, when you don't want to have to think too much about what you're reading, just have it go down nice and easy. I liked it.

This book has been published in the US under the title Another Piece of My Heart.
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There's a scene early in Another Piece of My Heart in which one of the main characters is grieving for her mother. (Don't worry, that isn't a spoiler.) Her best friends come over with a box of See's Chocolates, and -- even though they are health-food California yoga-and-granola types -- say, "Sometimes, you just need some sugary crap." And they eat the entire box in one sitting.

That's pretty much how I feel after reading this novel. It's not deep meaningful fiction; I don't think anyone is going to choose this for their next book club meeting. But sometimes you just need someone to tell you a story about someone ELSE's problems and victories, and Another Piece of My Heart is a perfect example.

Our basic setup: Andi married in her late 30s, and feels she's found the perfect man. Ethan is warm and understanding, and Andi's happy to have a ready-made family, with Ethan's two teenage daughters from an earlier marriage. All she needs to feel fulfilled is a baby of her own. Only she has friction with the older daughter, and self-doubts. And that's just where we start...

This book is all about the characters and their relationships and their journeys. Andi is our main character but we also see into the worlds of the step-daughter Emily and several other key people.

I have oddly mixed feelings about the result. On the one hand, this novel is so very much a chick lit *fantasy*. When people get angry, they remain articulate. When they have a life-changing moment, they rarely waver. Ethan is a sensitive new age guy, the one that most women imagine to be perfect (he probably picks up his own socks, too), except for his understandable weakness for his older daughter. And he isn't very realistic. Most guys just aren't going to say, "I love you.
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I read the author's recent book, "Another Piece of my Heart." Turns out it was a re-issue, under another cover and name, of "The Patchwork Marriage." I wasted money buying this. How fraudulent of the publisher!
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First, the author's voice started to bother me after 11 hours. A British accent telling a story about Californians? It was discordant at times.

Second, the book itself was interesting, but at the end, I really didn't like any of the characters.

What did I like to give it 3 stars?
The author created real-life situations. I'm so used to reading romance and fantasy, with their black and white storylines, this was a nice change for me. Life didn't become perfect overnight, it took years of pain and struggles to reach that point and the book took you through all of the pain.

The main focus of the book was on a self absorbed stepdaughter who was experiencing immense pain over the indifference of her alcoholic mother. Only after 10 years of drama, do things get better. Wow, I'm worn out just thinking about it again.
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I have read every single book written by Jane Green and generally love them all. I did prefer the books from her London days but all in all also enjoyed reading the ones set in Connecticut. I was happy to see that after a long break a new book was to be published but sadly I must admit, that I was very disappointed! I really struggled to read the book, was not hooked at all and forced myself to finish it off. I hope the next one will be one of those books again, that I can't put down!
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Format: Hardcover
Since Jemima J I have been a huge fan of Jane Green...until that is she seemed to lose that British charm that made her books so enjoyable. I'm not sure of her personal life but it seems as though as soon as she moved out of England and into Connecticut she completely changed the type of writer that she was. To read her books now, you would never know she is British or that she is even capable of writing funny books like Bookends or Straight Talking.

I'm not even sure why I tried reading this newest book since I have been so disappointed in her last few, but I guess I just keep hoping she will go back to the way she started. Sadly, this newest endeavor of hers is yet another frustrating tale. It was completely predictable, irritating, and frankly, boring. Not to mention, completely unbelievable. I had such a difficult time believing the actions of Emily, an 18 year old, who was struggling so much with her parents divorce that she basically was acting like a 5 year old. In addition, While I felt for Andi, her stepmom who was constantly berated by her, I could not stand her either. I found her to be whiny, and in a predictable fashion, started lusting after another man as soon as her marriage got the slightest bit rocky. To put it simply, I just don't care about these characters and am not sure I can even muster the energy to finish the last few chapters.

Sorry Jane, but I think you have officially lost me as a fan...unless of course Jemima decides to make another appearance.
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