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Hanging Up

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  371 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
--Los Angeles Times
"WONDERFUL. . . Eve Mozell is having a lousy day, and she hasn't even gotten past breakfast yet. Her father, a senile ex-alcoholic whose idea of a good joke is goosing his woman doctor, started phoning Eve at 6 a.m. Her teenage son, who alternately ignores and lectures her, is off to a sé ance. ('You know, M
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published July 18th 1995 by Putnam Adult
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Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Now this is a good book! I am savoring every page! Well, it got kind of tedious. Maybe because I've seen the movie. Also, I think I had read part of it before. It didn't give me any more insight into the characters than the movie did, really. Also, I thought the main character should have not been so wishy-washy. And why did the mother leave? It never gave us any introspection on that either.
May 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
A really irritating book that is supposed to be hilariously funny. Unfortunately I was stuck on a plane with nothing else to read. Eve Mozell comes from a dysfunctional family— Eve’s mother left Eve and her two sisters with their bi-polar father to run off with her (the mom’s) environmentally committed lover. Eve grows up, marries, and proceeds to subject her long- suffering husband and well-adjusted son to her own brand of dysfunctionality which primarily consists of spending 30 hours a day on ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can count on the Ephron sisters for a good woman-to-woman blend of comradery and humor. And a bonus was listening to C.J. Crit read it. She's one of my early Stephanie Plum voice. She got the voices and attitudes right on for me. Probably made the book work better for me as well. Whenever I find myself laughing during my commute, the rating stars start adding up. Coincidentally, I just finished Still Alice, a rather serious look at dementia. The juxtaposition of serious agains ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a couple of laughs, but sometimes I just wished they would shoot the ol' man and get on with their lives.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun fun book, and I would love to have an Efron sister as a friend, but it was a bit drawn out for the substance. kept me laughing though!Really liked the NPR writer husband!
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
being that i've acquired a mild case of adhd (for which i blame the internet), i doubted that i'd get into, much less through, this entire novel wherein nothing happens other than the dissection of familial relationships via phone calls. lo and behold, i will not underestimate the power of ephron again. eve is relatable and infuriating, funny and dumb, cold but compassionate to a fault... i liked her a lot more than i should. the dialogue and family relationships are so natural and fucked up, an ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Ephron sisters just get complicated people so right.

I loved the writing and her portrayal of how complicated relationships with parents and siblings can be. I've read a lot of reviews that are exasperated that she didn't just hang up the phone and it seems like such a simple solution. But Delia Ephron shouldn't have to explain to everyone, particularly since she's shown everyone, how rocky Eve's relationship was with her parents and that her connection was with her father, even if it wasn't
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Funny and sad. It's about three sisters and their crazy father. It's from one sister's, Eve's, point of view. She's the middle sister. The younger sister is irresponsible (a minor role soap actress) and the older sister is a magazine executive who is a bit egocentric and very successful. The dad has mental issues and is mean in a crusty way. Ephron writes very sad situations in very funny ways. I laughed out loud. Yet, it was very sad....much like life at times. I love Ephron's sense of humor. I ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-to-miss
Even with high powered tools, I doubt I'd find the charm in this account. Eve, the protagonist, acts with weary inauthenticity every day of her adulthood... and weary is what I became as I chronicled her inability to find one true emotion and move with it.
Her selfish sisters, senile, ex-alcoholic father, unassuming husband and teenage son complete a picture of an American life gone grey and spineless.
There are humorous moments, but mostly lots of frustration and resignation and weakness.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good story about how complicated life gets dealing with a parent who is suffering from dementia besides being mentally unbalanced. I had such empathy for Eve and what she had to put up with since this is not uncommon in our generation as our parents age. I highly recommend it and think it would make a good book for a book club discussion.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit readers who want some depth
While I'm technically classifying this as chick lit, it actually has a lot of depth in it. I was surprised at how issues of family and love and responsibility were met in a very realistic if not painful way.
Ich kann nicht genau sagen, woran es lag - aber dieses Buch hat mir nicht so recht gefallen, obwohl ich den Film noch ganz passabel fand. Wohl auch weil ich Meg Ryan mag, und der restliche Cast hat seine Rollen ebenfalls sehr gut gespielt.
Christine Sinclair
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Funny/sad story of a dysfunctional family (or should I just say "family" since they almost all are?) of three sisters and their annoying elderly father. The best part was the great ending! Gotta see the movie now, directed by Diane Keaton!
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
hysterical to me, too close to home with the senile old parent and trying to deal with the aftermath of what they do
Jul 28, 2007 rated it liked it
I must cop to liking this chick-lit novel by a favorite humor writer. About family entanglements and estrangements.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Great writing at times and Sheer Tedium at others. A middle-of-the-road three star read. I still love the Ephron sisters and will continue to seek out their work.

Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was so much better than the movie.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Funny with a ring of truth. Ephron writes of three daughters dealing with their father as he declines.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some parts are funny, and it's a good guessing game to wonder who are the the characters she's taken from real life.

I listened to the book on tape, and the reader was great.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have this in my nightstand. i roll my joints on it. 2 stars.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
's okay!
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, fiction
Stephanie Cox
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this story was very quirky and fun. It is about a very dysfunctional family and how they cope with a manic depressive father.
Mar 14, 2009 added it
I listened to this book. Enjoyed the narrator very much. Identified with story of a woman with a difficult elderly parent and self-absorbed siblings.
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
This was fun and a light read, although it was about as serious subject. Anyone with a family will find something to identify with.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Ephron sisters do great dialogue.
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As ususal, the book is much better than the movie, with better character building. Heart renching and funny, I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book and really enjoyed it as much of it is telephone conversations. Funny and sad all at the same time.
Debbie Cohen
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Took me about thirty pages to get into it, and then I was hooked!
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Bestselling author and screenwriter Delia Ephron's most recent novel is Siracusa. Her other novels include The Lion Is In and Hanging Up. She has written humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based o ...more
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