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Maddie Dawson

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I'm the author of eight novels about love, crazy families, secrets, parenthood, and--yes, they have reasonably happy endings. Kind of like life. My newest, A Happy Catastrophe, will be released on May 25, 2020. My other novels are: Matchmaking for Beginners, The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World and A Piece of Normal.
My first novel, What Comes After Crazy, was written under the name Sandi Kahn Shelton.

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Maddie Dawson I am! I'm hard at work on a novel I'm calling The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness. It's the story of three women affected by an adoption that…moreI am! I'm hard at work on a novel I'm calling The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness. It's the story of three women affected by an adoption that took place in 1980.
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Maddie Dawson Thank you so much, Rebecca! Titles are so hard for me. Very rarely do I know the title of my books while I'm writing them--and then, when I'm near the…moreThank you so much, Rebecca! Titles are so hard for me. Very rarely do I know the title of my books while I'm writing them--and then, when I'm near the end of the book, I usually find myself talking about the plot and characters with friends and family and trying to figure out what the title could be! With The Opposite of Maybe, the title came about because my friend Alice (also an author) had a dream that I wrote a book with that title--and when I thought about it, the title really fit! Because Rosie has lived such a "maybe" kind of life, never really committing to anything, she discovers what it's like to live the opposite kind of life. And with "The Stuff That Never Happened," that refers to a secret between a couple, something that happened early in their marriage that they both wanted to forget. But YOU know what happens when you have something you never want to talk about, right? At least in fiction, it HAS to get talked about! Thanks for this question...I hope you like the books! (less)
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Ordinary Life Can Kill You, if You're Not Careful

I'm afraid that we are experiencing a patch of Ordinary Life here--or O.L., as my friend Alice refers to it.

O.L. is the tiny, maddening details of life all going haywire at once. It's nothing that can bring you to a full stop of despair, you understand--it's just a pile-up of Things Gone Slightly Wrong and Needing Your Attention.
One damn thing after another, until you want to scream.

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"If you enjoyed Matchmaking for Beginners then you'll love this book! Thank you to Maddie Dawson for providing me an ARC. It's a great addition to the story with fun new characters in addition to those I loved in the first place. "
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“Whatever happens, love that.”
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“You need to forget what society has told you about life and expectations, and don’t let anybody make you pretend. You are enough, just the way you are—do you hear me? You have many gifts. Many, many gifts.”
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