The time for Stephen McCauley's breakout novel has come and My Ex-Life is it in a major way. A delicious novel for fans of Tom Perrotta, Maria Semple, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about how sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back.David Hedgess life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7.The last person he expects to hear from is Julie Fiske. Its been decades since theyve spoken, and hes relieved to hear shes recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. To him.Julie definitely doesnt have a problem with marijuana (shes given it up completely, so it doesnt matter if she gets stoned almost daily) and the Airbnb shes running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. Shed just like Davids help organizing college plans for her 17-year-old daughter.That would be Mandy. To quote Barry Manilow, Oh Mandy. While she knows shes smarter than most of the kids in her school, she cant figure out why shes making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices.When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof (one David needs to repair). David and Julie pick up exactly where they left off thirty years agotheyre still best friends who can finish each others sentences. But theres one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix.In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)...
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My Ex-Life Reviews
Thanks to Flatiron books for this ARC.
I don't know how to review this since it was just an okay book in my opinion. Nothing exciting happening unless you want to call a teenager living w/her mother and her mother's gay ex-husband from 20 years ago who moves in to help her w/her college prep and ends up staying there permanently to help his ex-wife try to buy the rundown house she lives in. The teenager gets into a predicament with a job and her mother's ex-husband gets her out of it.
It ends pred ...more
My Ex-Life was an interesting, witty, and drama filled novel that explores how we define family. Julie's life is falling apart- in the middle of a volatile divorce, with a teenage daughter that has no goals or motivation for college, and she has started running a B&B out of her ramshackle home for extra money but has no clue what she's doing. Her daughter finds a box from her past life and on a sentimental whim, Julie calls her ex-husband David. His life, clear on the other side of the US fr ...more
When I read a book of fiction, I hardly ever think that the characters are speaking in the voice and beliefs of the author. But here, that's all I was thinking about. There's zingers about all types of political viewpoints here and none of the characters take an opposing view, they're all coming from the liberal side and dissing the right. I didn't really notice during the first 50 pages, starting dog earing pages around 100 and gave that up at 150.
The story was so-so. This was an ARC and as an ...more
A social commentary novel with well developed and interesting characters.
A mid-life crisis is the center of this humorous, emotional book by McCauley. This easy, comforting read acts a social commentary at times, which may offend some readers. I, however, adored this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy of this one. I LOVED it! It was exactly what I needed to lighten things up after reading several dark and intense books. It's funny, witty, kind, and authentic. Full review coming soon, but if you're looking for something to freshen up your reading and give you the giggles, (while also dishing out characters you'll fall in love with), pick this one up!
This book is exactly what I needed when I picked it up. I've been reading such intense books lately that I need something a little bit on the lighter side. Now, don't get me wrong this was a light read in the sense of actions that took place however the psychological effect of this book is complex.
Have you ever been divorced because you found out your ex-husband was actually gay? We hear about it from time to time and most of the time people typically go their separate ways and lead thei ...more
UPDATE: After much self debate and contemplation I did decide to leave a one star rating. I think the way I feel and my inability to stomach this book are valid reasons for the one star rating in this instance. I would not bat an eye at giving any other book I tried reading and had to abandon a low rating. Why not this one?
I have decided to not finish this book (DNF). There are too many wonderful books I would like to have time to read rather than subject myself to the feelings created within m ...more