Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 24, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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 irresistible.
 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Should have listened to Laurie. Bad writing, unsympathetic characters. I couldn't get through it at all. Read the first 3 chapters and the last, and that was way too much. Read full review

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User Review  - PermaSwooned - LibraryThing

As it turns out, I liked this book and the author much more at the beginning of her story than I did by then end. By the end I felt manipulated by her and the way she told her story. Although she ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Isabel Gillies, known for her television role as Detective Stabler’s wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan, graduated from New York University with a BFA in film. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.

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