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Cars from a Marriage Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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"Cars From a Marriage" tracks the relationship of Ivy, a Southern belle turned single New Yorker quickly turned New Jersey stay-at-home mom, and Ellis, a stand-up comedian turned husband and PR exec, via the cars they drive. From Ford Mustang and falling in love to Buick Century Wagon and suburban doldrums/parenting overload, from Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon and a family funeral to Audi Cabriolet Convertible and infidelity--Galant draws us into Ivy and Ellis's cars, into their minds, into their world, with these two main characters narrating every other chapter in distinct voices--voices that are so believable, they seem to inhabit the room with you as you read. Their views on driving--both funny and serious--mirror the way they navigate life, and the clash in styles has bigger repercussions than highway spats (though there are a few doozies in that department). "Cars From a Marriage" turns the high beams on the dynamics of driving and marriage and proves an illuminating, inspiring, amusing, and thought-provoking read.
--Jill Johnson, Freelance Writer, [...].
I thoroughly enjoyed her other two novels, Rattled, and Fear and Yoga in New Jersey, but I think this latest novel, while just as smart and funny, is a more literary endeavor.
Ivy Honeycutt and Ellis Halpern meet and fall in love in NYC in 1981. Ivy is a southern transplant with an intense fear of driving, although her father owns the local Buick dealership in her hometown. Ellis is a wannabe stand-up comedian who rescues Ivy from a mean waitress in a nightclub he is performing at. He whisks her away in his 1974 Burgundy Mustang Hatchback and they fall in love.
Where most stories end, "Cars from a Marriage" is just beginning. From the 1982 Light Green Buick LeSabre, to the 1987 Buick Century Wagon (white with wood trim), to the 1992 Silver Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon, to the 1995 Red Audi Cabriolet Convertible (rental), and finally to the Red Chrysler Sebring Convertible (rental), the reader is taken on a journey of the highs and lows of a 20 year marriage. What I found interesting about this book is what each car signifies - that the car is a metaphor for the characters lives at that time. From just starting out, to having children, to figuring out life, to death, and to infidelities. You can picture the family in each of these cars during these times, feel the joy and feel the pain that they are experiencing.
The story is told in alternating chapters between Ivy and Ellis. I really felt for both of these characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BORING NOT MUCH LAUGHTR NOT MUCH LAUGHTER AT ALL DULL DULL BORING SORRY I BOUGHT IT AND SO SORRY I READ IT. SORRY ABOUT THAT.Published on June 13, 2013 by VALERE TOWNSEND
Ingenious set up: it centers around a woman and her life, punctuated by the cars in it. The name of the book should be "Auto-biography"... it's a great read.Published on May 28, 2013 by joan schwende
I found this book very readable but the title misleading. It's really about a marriage a very typical marriage between Ivy and Ellis who meet in New York. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by E. Morgan
I came across Debra Galant's book "Fear & Yoga in New Jersey" completely by accident. I started reading it in the store and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by heather
I thought this was a great book! It makes you feel like your part of their relationship and it's easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good story.Published on January 5, 2011 by Trina C.
I admit I picked up Cars From a Marriage because the author's name and mine are very similar and some people have confused us along the way (I don't mind being mixed up with her,... Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Kindle Customer
I loved this book. I could either see myself or someone I knew in every character and laughed or cried on every page. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by urbeautiful
Portrayal of a marriage through the prism of the cars they are driving as life goes on. Charming writing, easygoing pace; would be a great summer read.Published on June 12, 2010 by IA from Manhattan
Debra Galant's "Cars from a Marriage" is a witty, charming, and extremely honest look at a decades- long relationship. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Roselee Blooston