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What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

 

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and shes alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

 

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that shes pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

 

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…

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When fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives—and then forwards to a friend—a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his familys sense of security and identity—and, ultimately, their happiness. This Beautiful Life is a devastating, clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the choices we make in the name of love.

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"ThisBeautiful Life is a gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story offamily, dilemma, and consequence. . . . I read this book with white-knuckledurgency, and I finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliantnovelist." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
 

Theevents of a single night shatter one familys sense of security and identity inthis provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama from Helen Schulman, theacclaimed author of A Day at the Beach and Out of Time. In thetradition of Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, and Laura Moriarty, Schulman crafts abrilliantly observed portrait of parenting and modern life, cunningly exploringour most deeply-held convictions and revealing the enduring strengths thatemerge in the face of crisis.

About the Author

Helen Schulman is the author of the novels A Day at the Beach, P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, as well as the short story collection Not a Free Show. An associate professor of writing at The New School, she lives in New York City.

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techeditor, May 12, 2012 (view all comments by techeditor)
THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Helen Schulman examines a normal family faced with an abnormal problem: the teenaged son, Jake, received by email a pornographic video of an eighth-grade girl he met at a party. The girl made it herself and emailed it to him because she had a crush on him. If it stopped there, no problem. But he forwarded it to his friend. From there, the video went viral; now it is seemingly everywhere. Schulman claims that an email travels at the speed of sound or light, which, of course, is a ridiculous thing to say. But it does go fast.

First, though, Schulman contrasts the said party that Jake and his friends found with the party his mother and little sister attended the same evening. That might have been a good way to begin, but Schulman tells us way more than we need to know before she gets to Jake’s problem. That took up almost half the book, and it was boring.

The second half is better. Now the reader sees how Jake’s problem is the family’s problem. Their problem, as seen from each family member’s perspective: how do we get Jake out of this unscathed?

But it gets silly. For example, every time the parents argue they both think they’re on the brink of divorce.

My copy of THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE was a giveaway from www.BookClubClassics.com.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062024398
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Schulman, Helen
Author:
Robinson, Holly
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20120207
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 in 10.4 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , When fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives—and then forwards to a friend—a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his familys sense of security and identity—and, ultimately, their happiness. This Beautiful Life is a devastating, clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the choices we make in the name of love.
"Synopsis" by , "ThisBeautiful Life is a gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story offamily, dilemma, and consequence. . . . I read this book with white-knuckledurgency, and I finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliantnovelist." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
 

Theevents of a single night shatter one familys sense of security and identity inthis provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama from Helen Schulman, theacclaimed author of A Day at the Beach and Out of Time. In thetradition of Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, and Laura Moriarty, Schulman crafts abrilliantly observed portrait of parenting and modern life, cunningly exploringour most deeply-held convictions and revealing the enduring strengths thatemerge in the face of crisis.

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