A darkly funny and messy love story about the struggle to live happily ever after after the after, by the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief. Elinor Mackey has always done the right thing-college, law school, career, marriage-but now everything's gone wrong. In her late thirties, Elinor has discovered that she can't have children; all the doctors can tell her is that it's because of her age. She withdraws from her podiatrist husband, Ted, into an interior world of heartbreak. Her closest companion? The tree in her backyard. But since everything in her life is going from bad to worse, soon, despite the best efforts of the tree doctor, her tree must be cut down. Ted Mackey has always done the right thing, too. He started going to the gym and lost weight, got on track, got in The Zone. But when he uncharacteristically has an affair with his personal trainer ? who has an odd-ball son who latches on to Ted like a barnacle-he has to figure out how to make everything right (even if he's not sure what right even means anymore). In a complicated dance of partners, lovers and admirers, HAPPINESS SOLD SEPARATELY delightfully shows that sometimes love with the wrong person is sometimes right.
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by Lolly Winston
by Arthur Machen
by Robert Louis Stevenson
by Mark Twain
by Charles Dickens
by Frederick Douglass
by Alexis de Tocqueville
by Elizabeth Gaskell
by Carlo Collodi
by Joshua Slocum
"Winston's story, reminiscent of a soap opera, features one of the currently "hot" triangles-Elinor, overachieving, high-powered lawyer and infertile wife; Ted, her successful but somehow empty yuppie husband; and Gina, his working-class but sexy and giving sports-trainer/mistress. Reader Melinda Wade relates all the details in an intimate, confident voice-best with Elinor and Gina, but solid enough with Ted. What adds spice to the predictable plot is the addition of Gina's needy 10-year-old son, who is fixated on Ted as a father substitute. How to resolve the problem? When Ted tells Elinor he still loves her, she replies, "But that's beside the point! Isn't it?" Sensitively presented, this is a listen that leaves one thinking, "Thank God, it isn't me." M.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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