An All-Too-True Story
On Sale: March 24, 2009
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Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life -- a handsome,
intelligent, loving husband; two glorious toddlers; a
beautiful house; the time and place to express all her
ebullience and affection and optimism. Suddenly, that life
was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was
leaving her and their two young sons.
When Josiah took a teaching job at a Midwestern college,
Isabel and their sons moved with him from New York City to
Ohio, where Isabel taught acting, threw herself into the
college community, and delighted in the less-scheduled
lives of toddlers raised away from the city. But within a
few months, the marriage was over. The life Isabel had made
crumbled. "Happens every day," said a friend.
Far from a self-pitying diatribe, Happens Every Day reads
like an intimate conversation between friends. Gillies has
written a dizzyingly candid, 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. Hers is a
remarkable new voice -- instinctive, funny, and
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