Happiness Sold Separately
After reading "Happiness Sold Separately", I came to the following conclusions. One, unless an author really understands both the male and female psyche, at least enough to write from the vantage point of both men and woman, he/she just shouldn't do it. Otherwise, it sounds like...more
This is another book about infertility and the stresses it puts on a marriage (much like "Waiting for Daisy" except this is fiction). However, within a span of like 8 weeks, each of the three major characters h...more
The title comes from from one of the character's observation about her neighborhood. She lives in Silicon Valley and among very successful people. The homes and yards are nice but do not make her happy. That is not an available upgrade. The two main characters are struggling with infertility and then infidelity.
Mostly a character driven book, the author attempts...more
I will credit the author for writing something so honest with regards to marriage, friendship, self-centeredness and infertility; however, as a woman, I think the wo...more
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The book I read was Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston and I chose this novel because I wanted an interesting book to read that was not by Jodi Picoult. Also when I got this from the library, the back cover really caught my eye since I love to read drama and tearjerker novels. The novel is about a married couple, Elinor and Ted, who have had marital problems ever since they found out that Elinor cannot conceive. Right off the bat, you find ou...more
Elinor and Ted a...more
From back cover:
"Elinor Mackey has always done that right things in the right order-college, law school, corporate career, happy marriage. Then one morning she picks up the telephone and learns that her de...more
These characters a...more
and what a character Gina is- happy to commit adultery, happy to step in to help make a trouble marriage worse, and h...more
I wish there had been closure for all of the characters before the book ended, but I could also see a sequel of this story...hint, hint Lolly Winston...
When Elinor confronts Ted and Gina, he ends the affair. Elinor takes a sabbatical from her law firm and kicks Ted ou...more
This book is refreshing for so many reasons. The topics that characters encounter; the story unfolding from the POV of multi...more
After tackling the topic of sudden loss in her debut novel, Good Grief (***1/2 July/Aug 2004), Winston turns her attention to infertility and infidelity and addresses these two very sensitive subjects with kindness and grace. Though critics agree that the novel isn't earthshaking in either content or style, they find much to praise in Winston's thoughtful portrayals of the too-often-clich_
Now I am not saying that I just can't read sad, upsetting, frustrating books but because I didn't feel there was anything beautifully tragic about the things that hap...more
Despite the overly dramatic plot summary, Winston conveys the story with humor and humanity, as she shifts viewpoints among the three main characters. This is the second consecutive book I've read in wh...more
But I did like the believeableness of the characters. Of how you want to do something, but can't. Or you know that you shouldn't do somet...more
Its about a couple who is having a hard time concieveing. The hardships of failed pregnancies have created a great deal of stress on their marriage. Ted, the husband, ends up having an affiar. When Elinor finds out, she leaves him.
I believe ted really wanted to work it out, but elinor had trouble moving past the affair.
Ted did end his affair with Gina, but as Elinor pushes for a separation, Ted ends up bumping into Gina and her son. Although Ted has ended his a...more
Her first novel, Good Grief, published in 2004, was a New York Times best-seller, a #1 Book Sense pick, and was translated into 15 languages. The film rights have been optioned by Universal St...more