Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 24, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
19 Reviews
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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Review: Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

User Review  - Julie Stevenson - Goodreads

This is the second time that I have read this book. Isabel illustrates her story very well - you feel like you are right there with her experiencing the breakdown and eventual demise of her marriage ... Read full review

Review: Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

My sister loaned me this book just as I was leaving to head home after Christmas. She nodded in approval, "Oh yes, it's very good...all my friends who borrow it really love it." Well add another fan ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
18
Section 2
46
Section 3
52
Section 4
58
Section 5
76
Section 6
80
Section 7
86
Section 8
108
Section 13
150
Section 14
158
Section 15
162
Section 16
190
Section 17
202
Section 18
218
Section 19
224
Section 20
226

Section 9
114
Section 10
118
Section 11
136
Section 12
144
Section 21
234
Section 22
242
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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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