Synopses & Reviews
Judith Soo Jin Raphael's childhood was shaped by her hardworking immigrant mother, her father who left them, and her struggles to fit in as a half-Korean, half-Jewish kid in a tough urban neighborhood. But music lessons gave her a purpose and passion. Now, as Judith's fiftieth birthday nears, she has rewarding work as a cellist with the Maryland Philharmonic, an enthusiastic if uncommitted lover, and a quirky but close relationship with her mother.
Then chaos strikes: Judith's first love, who dumped her decades ago, returns to dazzle her with his golden pedigree and brilliant career. Her long-absent father arrives out of the blue with a snazzy car and a con man's patter, turning her mother into a love-struck flirt whom Judith barely recognizes. All this while her mentor at the orchestra falls seriously ill. No wonder Judith develops a paralyzing case of stage fright.
Judith finds herself feeling—and sometimes acting—slightly unhinged, but she's convinced that happiness will arrive any day now. She's just got to hold on tight during this midlife shake-up…and claim the prize that life surely has in store for her.
"Happy Any Day Now is a charming read for women of any age, especially those who have mothers, fathers, boyfriends, former lovers, or careers." ---Nancy Thayer, author of Summer Breeze
A half-Korean, half-Jewish woman who has settled into a comfortable life clings to her optimism during a sudden midlife shake-up in this novel by the author of My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet).
About the Author
Toby Devens received her BA from the American University in Washington, D.C., and her MA from New York University, both in English literature. A former writer and senior editor for Harcourt Brace, she is the author of Mercy Lord, My Husband's in the Kitchen and My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet). Toby lives in a Maryland suburb halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Coming soon...