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I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  11,765 ratings  ·  1,243 reviews
Where'd You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist's attempts to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love?

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Touchstone (first published June 1st 2014)
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Cary Pohlhammer If you like a love story that goes in reverse, then yes. If you want to see a man who has a daughter and wife, both of whom he loves, try the best way…moreIf you like a love story that goes in reverse, then yes. If you want to see a man who has a daughter and wife, both of whom he loves, try the best way he can to win back the love of his wife, then you would love this book.(less)

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Diane
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
The review blurb on Amazon said this: "In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, which Glamour hailed as one of the “10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List Right This Second,” a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse?" The blurb later references the "charming and engrossing portrait as one man's midlife mess." It sounds interesting and appealing, yes?

But 25% into the b
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Jennifer
★★★★
I really dislike the book synopsis for I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. I don't think it is accurate at all. It is not a reverse love story. It is not an exploration of marriage. It is not about people trying to fall back in love. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is about an unfaithful asshole of a husband: Richard and the circumstances that lead him down the lonely road called discovery, remorse, and consequence.

I didn't expect to love a story that is based on an extramarital aff
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Virginia
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I had trouble putting this book down. But I have no idea why.

It certainly wasn't sympathy for the narrator. Was I supposed to feel sorry for him? Puke! What a jerk. He needed to take a grow-up pill. In addition to being a self-indulgent cheater, he was pretentious as all get out. I sort of liked his wife, but she was pretentious, too. (Had to be to end up with the likes of him).

I also wasn't satisfied with the conclusion. I suspected the author wanted to write a more ambiguous book,
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Lisa
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just loved this book. It's smart, no question. Funny, yes. But, most importantly, true. A book that makes you feel--gratitude, doubt, sadness, hope, resolve... Having been married twenty years, I know it's a process, will never stay quite the same and takes two people who want to keep growing together. Often requiring pain, boredom, kindness, forgiveness, creativity… Maum captures these stages perfectly. The writing is tight and swift, culturally right on--brutal in some depictions, kind in othe ...more
Helen McAlary
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
My goal for 2014 is to read 60 books, which is pretty ambitious for me. I have found that there are some books that I start and I don’t really care to finish – but I do finish them because otherwise I will be behind on my goal! This is one of those books. The book is told through artist Richard Haddon and at the outset we learn he is mourning an affair with a mistress who has left him. Richard is an exceptionally selfish and whiny man who longs for his wife to come back to him and for his mistre ...more
Connie
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I read this for part of a group challenge, color in the title. I took it to include the title being in "color". I was excited to get to this and hoped to like it more than I did. A young hip couple, marriage and boredom ensue, an affair by the hubby, discovery by the wife, the sad husband trying to win the wife back...blah, blah, blah.

I had hoped for the characters to be a bit more in depth, but found them both a bit shallow. About half way through I wa
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Larissa Rose
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
It gets two stars because it kept me reading until the end, but honestly, I thought it was so stupid. The narrator is so whiny and selfish, he spends the whole first half of the book talking about his mistress, even though the shit has already hit the fan and he claims to want his wife back. It wraps up way too fast, and it's all too facile. Their actual marital problems are completely glossed over, and nothing about it felt real. Also, it takes place during the beginning of the Iraq War and I t ...more
Courtney Maum
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't usually think that women can write from a man's point of view but Courtney Maum had me convinced! Wow! This book is awesome! Maybe female writers aren't so hopeless after all!
Elizabeth
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Elizabeth by: ???
This is a book about a fussy man who gets butt hurt when his married life gets a little too predictable and so self soothes by having an affair. BUT do not fear b/c he realizes what an absolute cad he's been and falls back in love with his wife (the little minx!). BUT she is not so sure she wants him back. He whinges a lot whilst trying to figure it all out. Will they or won't they? More important, who cares?

And, yes, the little minx was used in a sentence.
More than once.

Peggy Strack
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Richard Haddon is bored and disillusioned with his marriage and his career as an artist. So what does he do? He finds some excitement through an extra-marital affair. When it ends, Richard's life is in shambles. He wants to fall back in love with his wife. He wants to escape from the demands of a commercial art world, but how does he turn these desires into reality. Author, Courtney Maum takes us on Richard's maddening and heartfelt journey of how he tries to make this happen. This novel totally ...more
Carol
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Richard is a whiny, self-indulgent, want-a-be center of the universe, annoying man! I had had enough of him by the middle of the book and had to force myself to continue. I scanned most of the rest of the book (because I HATE bailing out in the middle if I think I can stand it to the end) but I should have just quit. The end of the book just felt like the author gave up too and just strung some words together to end it all.

Many reviewers thought this was a “funny” book, but I didn't
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Chele Hipp
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ack! What a painful book to read! Hundreds - literally hundreds - of pages about a guy feeling torn between his amazing wife and his amazing mistress who dumped him. So boring. I wanted to see what happened plot-wise so I just scanned the book for plot advancements. There were very few. And, lo and behold, they all ended up rom-com perfect.

Also, who was the person having fun? It wasn't either of the primary characters and it certainly wasn't me. What was the point of the title?

Another book beg
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Joy
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been on a roll lately, every book I've read has been excellent and this is no exception. Loved it!
Edan
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read a bunch of this funny, compelling novel on the cliff side overlooking the ocean in San Diego and it was one of the greatest reading experiences in recent memory: not just for the ocean view but for the book itself. I loved this narrator, even as he fucked up and was such a dolt. I loved the art. I love the sex scenes. I loved the descriptions of clothing. Such a great read. At times the first person narrative over-explained what was clearly implied, which distracted me. Otherwise, fun and ...more
Gina
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
One of those books where I hated absolutely every character in it, yet couldn't stop reading. This book is heartache porn.
Ed

Courtney Maum's debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You seemed right up my alley: a cross-cultural romantic comedy mixed with one of my favorite unofficial literary sub-genres, the White Male F&ck-up Novel. You see, it's about a British artist (Richard) who cheats on his French lawyer wife (Anne-Laure) with an American journalist (Lisa) during the run-up to the Iraq War... and oh, it's primarily set in Paris.

Doesn't sound that romantic, huh? But it's the 'ole "boy loses girl, boy
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: PW 4/7/14
Shelves: read2014
Sometimes the ennui from a longterm relationship sets the stage for people to make decisions that can cause a great deal of pain. Who knows how to just be honest to start with? How else to deal with drudgery and overfamiliarity than the excitement of a fling?

Richard Haddon is an artist who has enjoyed some measure of success (as in people are purchasing his work) at age 34, but only from selling out to a more commercial idea. And in the same way he's let his authentic artistic self s
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Dianne
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Somewhat overlong and angsty exploration of a marriage in crisis. The narrator, a British artist in his 30's, has cheated on his French lawyer wife with an American {horrors!!}. Once his wife discovers his infidelity, he suddenly realizes what he has lost and sets about trying to win her back. She resists, he persists, for 330 pages.

Some interesting glimpses of the art world and life in Paris, but otherwise I didn't find it especially compelling.
Sarah
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The jacket hailed the author as a fresh new voice in fiction and I will agree. I have no idea of the author's life circumstances but her ability to paint a portrait of the struggles of marriage from a British male point of view married to a French woman shows remarkable talent. Her insight into how difficult married life can be was illuminating.
Beware, long quote ahead but feel the need to recite in its entirety to show the brilliance of this book.
"And no one tells you what it's goin
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Gail
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paris is for lovers....well not always. The much maligned philanderer gets his story told in Courtney Maums wonderfully titled, "i am having so much fun here without you". The seven year itch hits Richard hard and he falls off the monogamy wagon with a thud. After 7 years with the pretty perfect Anne, a well healed but sexy (of course) French lawyer, a gorgeous three year old daughter, a house in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, wealthy bourgois inlaws with the summer house in Brittany, Richard ...more
Kate Hilton
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Courtney Maum's debut novel reverses the classic tale of infidelity, telling it from the point of view of the regretful philanderer. Richard Haddon, overcome with midlife malaise, has a passionate affair with a younger woman. The affair offers the one thing now missing from his otherwise perfect marriage: the thrill of sex with a new partner. As the book opens, the affair has ended, leaving Richard listless at home and work. The crisis comes when his brilliant, beautiful wife, Anne, discovers a ...more
Valerie
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finishing
I think I am just going to stop reading here, because this author? Thinks she is waaaaaay more clever than she really is (this isn't the first instance of "Oh, aren't I funny" but it's the last straw...): "'September 18, 2002. Dear Richard,' The letter started, as most letters addressed to me did." #gobacktowritingschool #needsagoodeditor ...more
Lara
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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Tammy Parks
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Touching and quite funny, I was surprised by how much I loved this book.
Richard, sleepwalking through his marriage to Anne, is reeling from the end of a seven-month-long affair. It isn’t until Anne, thinking he only had a brief fling, learns the full extinct of his affair and their marriage seems beyond repair that Richard realizes how happily married he really was and how special his wife was all along. He then begins the process of trying to win Anne back and make her fall in love with him ag
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Christi Cassel
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Let’s face it: there are many ways (some learned, some innate) in which men and women are different. We act differently. We talk differently. We certainly think differently. These differences are evident in real-life, and, on occasion, they positively glare from the pages of books. Sometimes, when a man writes a book from a female perspective or a woman writes a book from a male perspective, it’s just a mess. It comes off as inauthentic, sloppy, unbelievable, or just plain weird.

Cour
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Jade aka MrsTosh
Did anyone else what to punch this asshat from beginning to end?!
Jess
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
This is the second book about adultery my girl Katelyn has recommended to me in less than a year. I shall now be approaching all of her (generally excellent) recommendations with caution!

Cheating, adultery... is one of those topics that makes me extremely uncomfortable even in fiction. I start out empathizing 1000% with the victim, the person who was cheated on, and letting that righteous fury and indignation toward the cheater build up past the point of irrationality. I can't help but
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Larry H
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
British artist Richard Haddon has finally found success with his first solo show in Paris, although he feels he's lost his edge and is selling out. And while he should be happy to finally be selling his work, the rest of his life is a shambles. His affair with an American journalist has ended, as she's left him to marry a cutlery designer. Richard's despondence over the end of his affair exposed the secret to his wife Anne, a successful French attorney, who is maintaining cordial relations solel ...more
Deborah
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Richard Haddon is unsatisfied with his beautiful, brilliant and supportive wife and his successful career as an artist even though his life is as close to perfect as it gets! He’s not a likable character and I didn't care much about what happened to him, or his near-perfect wife. I felt no sympathy for this self-absorbed man, even though he went to great lengths to restore his marriage in crisis. BUT that didn't matter because the book was less about these characters and more about marriage in g ...more
Anmiryam
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable romantic comedy with a veneer of sophistication. Artist Richard Haddon has strayed from the marital bed and as the novel opens he's been thrown over by his lover and his wife has discovered his infidelity. Even the success of his first solo art show in Paris feels hollow since the work that is selling are paintings he feels mark his departure from his earlier, more authentic political art. What is a poor sod to do?

Make no mistake, Richard is narcissistic, immature, and u
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Courtney Maum is the author of the forthcoming "Before and After the Book Deal: A writer's guide to finishing, publishing, promoting and surviving your first book," the historical novel "Costalegre", the novel "Touch" (a New York Times Editor's Choice selection) the chapbook "Notes from Mexico," and the acclaimed debut novel “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” which was rated a book of the ...more
“You love people. They disappoint you. But sometimes, they don’t. They just keep loving you, right through it all, waiting for you to wake up and appreciate them. To say, “I love you. I’ve always loved you back.” 26 likes
“I fell asleep smiling, fully at ease with the ludicrous prospect of spending the rest of my life with this one, single person. It's not quite right what they say: love doesn't make you blind, it makes you optimistic.” 11 likes
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