My Ex-life

My Ex-life

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"David Hedges is having an unusual midlife crisis. His boyfriend, Soren, has left him for an older man. His job is exasperating. As his life reaches new lows, his weight reaches new highs. Across the country, Julie Fiske isn't having a much better time herself. Carol, the woman (younger, of course) that Henry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable--more likeable than Henry was. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refuses to apply to college. Henry lays down an ultimatum--if Mandy doesn't start applying to college, she's going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy surprises Henry, and stuns Julie, by saying she's been working with David Hedges, Mom's first husband from long ago. It's a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not abad idea. So when Julie calls David up out of the blue and asks if he'll help Mandy, he says of course. And when Mandy tells David he should come visit them and stay in one of their B&B rooms, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting. SoonDavid and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up exactly where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other's sentences, there's one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable"--
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250122438
1250122430
Characteristics: pages cm

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Michael Colford Mar 28, 2018

Reading a novel by Stephen McCauley doesn't let you down the way many of the characters in his books let each other down. It's like putting on a worn pair of jeans that fit just perfectly, and are starting to wear at the knees and are so soft and comfortable that you feel better just wearing them... Read More »


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Michael Colford Mar 28, 2018

Reading a novel by Stephen McCauley doesn't let you down the way many of the characters in his books let each other down. It's like putting on a worn pair of jeans that fit just perfectly, and are starting to wear at the knees and are so soft and comfortable that you feel better just wearing them. There's something sexy, familiar, and comfortable about the experience. Stephen's latest novel, <i>My Ex-Life</i> is a funny and moving exploration of nostalgia, family, maturity and real estate that archly critiques the going on in a resort, seaside town on the North Shore of Massachusetts, even while it chronicles the paths of two dear, old friends coming together again, and the fraught coming of age of a high-school girl who just wants to go to college... or does she?

It's been a while since the last Stephen McCauley novel, and it has been a welcome relief to read his new one. I was going through a bit of a reading crisis, where I thought I didn't enjoy reading again. In fact, it took me longer than I like to think about to read this book, but somewhere around a third of the way in, it rekindled my enjoyment of reading and I feel I'm back on track. So thanks, Stephen, for the great read, and for getting me to enjoy reading again.

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