Happens Every Day

Happens Every Day

An All-too-true Story

Book - 2010 | 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
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Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life--a 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781439126622
1439126623
Branch Call Number: B GILLIES
Characteristics: 261 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Lynn62
Jun 15, 2015

Started to read this book, but lost complete interest when the author commented how much she like Montreal because it was so "French" like. After that I didn't think I had any interest on her insight on life and relationships.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 07, 2012

Happens Every Day is an all too common story: woman and man fall in love, woman gives up job to follow man, woman and man have children, man leaves woman for woman’s friend. While the plot might be a known quantity, this remains a compelling read with great character analysis and boldly honest commentary. This is not an attempt to vilify anyone, but rather, is an attempt to understand what will never be understandable: how we have no control over others and cannot predict when our lives are about to fall apart. While Isabel Gillies is a former actor from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this story is simply about a hurt and confused wife and mother – not a Hollywood drama.

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annekim9
Feb 23, 2010

The author reads the story of her six year marriage and its ending (along with a satisfying epilogue). Isabel Gillies gives up her New York career (she played a small role on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) to follow her poetry professor husband when he is hired by Oberlin College in Ohio. She loves her life in Oberlin raising their two small sons, and is stunned when one day her husband says, "I can't do this anymore." She suspects he's involved with the new English professor, and Isabel tells what happens next with class, brutal honesty and occasional humor.

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