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When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories


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ISBN13: 9780061809460
ISBN10: 0061809462
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cardprincess, April 1, 2013 (view all comments by cardprincess)
The name of the author caught my attention and I'm glad that it did. Molly Ringwald is as good of a writer as she is an actress. The book is a collection of short stories that tie together as a novel. When you start reading the story of a new character, you wonder how they will tie in to the previous characters, and they always do. Entertaining and very clever!
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Camilla C Sendre, December 18, 2012 (view all comments by Camilla C Sendre)
"When it Happens to You" is such a wonderful read. I read it almost straight through and was sorry to see it end. Molly's characters were real and well-developed and they drew me into their worlds. And their worlds were so very much our world. As Robin Black says on the book jacket: "While we have been watching Molly Ringwald, she has clearly been watching us."
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Tara Dublin, May 27, 2012 (view all comments by Tara Dublin)
Is there nothing my ultimate girlcrush can't do? Now a novel. Love her.
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A Novel in Stories
Ringwald, Molly
It Books
Stories (single author)
Literature-A to Z
Literature-Family Life
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Product details 256 pages It Books - English 9780061809460 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This 'novel in stories' is set in the L.A. you see on television, the one where everyone is somehow connected to everyone else. Stories or titled chapters center on Phillip and Greta, who have a daughter, fertility issues, and a marriage going sour, but we also meet people whose lives touch Greta's and Phillip's in a variety of ways, like their much older neighbor; a mother at their daughter's school; and a semi-washed up actor, his twin sister, and her French boyfriend. In many ways Ringwald (Getting the Pretty Back, a memoir) knows of what she speaks, having spent many years in the '80s as a fixture of the Brat Pack, and she has the mechanics of writing down, but you can hear the gears grinding; the stories are often exposition heavy, the characters seem more defined by their situations than their idiosyncratic histories, and things tend to resolve a little too tidily, even when the point is the continuing messiness of relationships. As a result, this debut work of fiction, which reads well, never gets traction in your mind. It's probably best seen as an example of one of celebrity's mixed blessings: your name gets you in the door but your apprenticeship takes place in public." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "When It Happens to You is absolutely lovely, a smart, emotionally sophisticated, intricately dovetailed novel of stories. World, I'm telling you now: Molly Ringwald is the real deal."
"Review" by , "Molly Ringwald understands how families work and uses her considerable talents to make them come alive on the page."
"Review" by , "These stories sizzle with rare insight about the reverberations of betrayal and of love. Ringwald wisely never judges her characters, but lets them live out their complexities on the page, flawed and endearing, recognizable and also new. When It Happens To You is an impressive fiction debut."
"Review" by , "When It Happens to You is an inventive and compelling portrait of love in the modern age."
"Review" by , "Molly Ringwald's eight electric stories are alive with Joycean insight-piercing, epiphanic moments of terror, humor, and transcendence. Together they offer a deeply moving portrait of modern life."
"Review" by , "[A] graceful and deft debut."
"Synopsis" by , Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut story collection from actress and author Molly Ringwald. A Hollywood icon, Ringwald defined the teenage experience in the eighties in such classic films as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles. Now the star of ABC Family's hit series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and author of the bestselling memoir Getting the Pretty Back, Ringwald brings that same compelling candor she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of linked stories about the particular challenges, joys, and disappointments of adult relationships. Here are stories that grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent collection that will resonate broadly with readers — from fans of Melissa Banks to Meg Wolitzer to Lorrie Moore.
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