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Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

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Publisher Comments:

Isabel Gillies had a wonderful lifea handsome, intelligent, loving husband who was a professor; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house in their Midwestern college town; the time and place to express all her ebullience and affection and optimism. Suddenly, the life Isabel had made crumbled. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons. "Happens every day," said a friend.

Far from a self-pitying diatribe, Happens Every Day reads like an intimate conversation between friends. It is a dizzyingly can-did, compulsively readable, ultimately redemptive story about love, marriage, family, heartbreak, and the unexpected turns of a life. On the one hand, reading this book is like watching a train wreck. On the other hand, as Gillies herself says, it is about trying to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness, and loving your life even if it has slipped away.

Review:

"Gillies left her recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to follow her poet-professor husband to Oberlin, Ohio, when he got a tenure-track position in the English department. She threw herself into caring for her two sons, renovating an old house and teaching drama part-time — but her idyllic life was shattered when her husband decided he didn't want to be married anymore — or at least, not married to Gillies. (He subsequently wed a fellow professor.) Gillies brings both humor and sorrow to the narration. Despite a tendency to trail off at the end of sentences, which leaves listeners straining to hear the completion of a thought, she gives a brave performance that will have her audience cheering as she pluckily reassembles the pieces of her broken life. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 23). (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Isabel Gillies, known for her television role as Detective Stabler’s wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan, graduated from New York University with a BFA in film. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743582902
Subtitle:
An All-Too-True Story
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Read:
Gillies, Isabel
Author:
Gillies, Isabel
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Actors -- United States.
Subject:
Gillies, Isabel
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Publication Date:
20090324
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.75 x 5.12 in 6.195 oz
Media Run Time:
390

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Product details pages Simon & Schuster Audio - English 9780743582902 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gillies left her recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to follow her poet-professor husband to Oberlin, Ohio, when he got a tenure-track position in the English department. She threw herself into caring for her two sons, renovating an old house and teaching drama part-time — but her idyllic life was shattered when her husband decided he didn't want to be married anymore — or at least, not married to Gillies. (He subsequently wed a fellow professor.) Gillies brings both humor and sorrow to the narration. Despite a tendency to trail off at the end of sentences, which leaves listeners straining to hear the completion of a thought, she gives a brave performance that will have her audience cheering as she pluckily reassembles the pieces of her broken life. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 23). (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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