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Pieces of Happily Ever After: A Novel Paperback – September 1, 2009
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
From Publishers Weekly
Journalist Zutell debuts with a sassy, sweet tale of love lost and found. When Hollywood entertainment lawyer Alex Hirsh starts hitting the gym and sporting Armani, his wife, Alice, chalks it up to a midlife crisis. But soon Alex—now the execrable Xander—is all over the tabloids, caught canoodling with his newest client, man-eating actress Rose Maris. Cue Alice's tears, rage, breakdown, followed by a bumpy and comic road to happiness, right? Yes and no: the novel walks a familiar path, but there are plenty of details to keep the story feeling fresh. Alice is entertainingly judgmental, and the new friends she makes as a divorcée are winning: there's Nancy, who wears horrible Hallmarky sweatshirts but curses a blue streak, and Ruth, a former porn star desperate to protect her son from her past. Naturally, there's a love interest for Alice, but the real love story is the one between Alice and her precocious six-year-old daughter. And it's their sweet, complicated relationship that lifts this tale above the slew of competing family dramas. (Sept.)
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“A sassy, sweet tale of love lost and found.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Young Gabby's obsession with fairy tales subtly mirrors Alice's new life as she explores what happens when you have to rescue yourself and make your own happily ever after, hopefully meeting a true Prince Charming along the way.” ―Booklist
“This should give anyone experiencing drama in his or her life comfort to know that happily ever after comes in the moments between the disappointments, sadness and frustration. Pieces of Happily Ever After reminds us we just need to look for them.” ―The Huffington Post
“Zutell's cast of characters are layered and detailed. Even those with bit parts are well-developed. And Zutell doesn't let her characters take the easy road as heroine Alice navigates her way back to happiness and maybe a bit of happily ever after.” ―TheBookChick.com
“[A] very funny debut novel [that] damns Hollywood hotcha culture, reproducing its lower-end pitches perfectly… [It] catches Tinseltown at its worst.” ―Publishers Weekly on They're Not Your Friends
“Hilarious, poignant, and so true to life it's frightening. They're Not Your Friends is a very entertaining Hollywood novel and the perfect summer read.” ―Robin Lynn Williams, author of The Assistants, on They're Not Your Friends
“A hilarious, from-the-heart debut.” ―Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? on They're Not Your Friends
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I liked that Alice got over herself, and stopped looking down her nose at people and making such superficial judgments about them. She rather derisively dismisses another mom at her daughter's school for wearing a Winnie-the-Pooh sweatshirt, but then is given cause to reconsider her later, with surprising results. Alice is at first horrified to find a former porn star on her front doorstep, but then they end up becoming friends, once Alice gets to know her. I liked this because many of us, including me, tend to make these types of dismissive assumptions about people and never bother to look past the surface. So it was nice to see Alice set a good example in that regard.
The part of the story dealing with Alice's mother's struggle with Alzheimer's was quite moving and poignant. The author accurately captured how truly awful it is, particularly for family members. The way Alice clung to any wisp of hope that the mother she'd known and loved her whole life was in there, somewhere, has to be an authentic portrayal of how people feel when watching their loved ones slowly lose themselves to this ravaging disease.
I found Gabby to be a spoiled, bratty child. And Alice basically ignoring her, and what was going on with her, was the biggest contributor to her daughter's bad behavior. Every time Gabby wanted something, Alice would reply with a vague "We'll see," even after Gabby called her on that and say that she was really saying "No." That happened so many times in this book. I found it very frustrating. I get that Alice was in a bit of an emotional tailspin due to her tabloid-splashed divorce, but I would like to think in the same situation I'd be able to hold it together well enough to take care of my daughter. And Gabby's obsession with princesses was quite worrisome, and I would have addressed it long before Alice did -- not to mention more firmly and decisively.
It was too bad that this aspect of the story overshadowed the book for me, because it did have some worthwhile parts.
I had read a sample on my Kindle a while back, but ended up buying a $5.00 paperback version(much cheaper than the Kindle version), and I'm glad I didn't spend more money on it. While the storyline intrigued me(I'm a sucker for plots that deal with a family dynamic)and had a good pace, I never felt much depth from the main character, Alice (the other characters lacked depth as well, but I took most issue with the lack of depth in Alice). I wanted so much more from her than what I received. The more I read about Alice, the more I found her to be a rather unlikeable character who went from one situation to the next without really seeing her growth. I found certain things glazed over for the point of plot.
The ectopic pregnancy, for example could have been so much more poignant. I didn't even have the chance to feel for Alice or to find out how Alice was feeling because it was pretty quickly swept under the rug at the light of her husband's possible infidelity.
I also wasn't a big fan of Irene Zutell's writing style. I felt the humor felt rather forced instead of natural, but my main issue was that it felt rather simply written, more juvenile than what I would prefer. I'm not impatient to pick up any of her other novels based upon this one.
Lastly, I felt the daughter, Gabby, to be horrifically annoying. I also didn't feel she fit the characterization of a typical 5-year-old. While I'm sure there are some kids like Gabby, in my experiences, none are as well spoken as or perceptive as Gabby was. I had to keep reminding myself that she was truly only a 5-year-old while reading this novel.
The book kept me entertained on a rainy Saturday afternoon and the storyline did intrigue me enough to finish it, but for as far as good women's fiction goes, this was a miss.
This book was AWESOME!!!!! I bought it on my kindle the night before last and I've already finished it. It's been a while that I've read a book that IMMEIDATELY got me interested and I was hooked from there on. I feel like it's taught me how to stop making assumptions about people before really getting to know someone and if you give them AND yourself a chance, it could really be a good thing in the end.