Happiness Sold Separately [Lolly Winston] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Discovering that she and her husband are unable to have. In the tradition of Anne Tyler, John Cheever, and Tom Perotta, Winston’s second novel looks beyond the manicured surface of suburbia to a world of loss. Happiness Sold Separately . Lolly Winston’s second novel looks beyond the manicured surface of suburbia to a world of loss, longing, lust.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston. Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order — college, law school, career, marriage — but now everything’s going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can’t have children.
All the doctors can tell her is that it’s probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak. Elin Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order — college, law school, career, marriage — but now everything’s going wrong. Elinor’s loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too.
Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing.
Ted’s lover, Gina — a wknston and kindhearted nutritionist — always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again.
Can Elinor and Ted’s marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own. Hardcoverseparateoy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Happiness Sold Separatelyplease sign up.
Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
Be the first to ask a question about Happiness Sold Separately. Lists with This Book. Aug 13, Lanette rated it it was ok. I enjoyed “Good Grief” very much, so I was hoping I’d like this book, too. I kept wondering if I should quit reading it because the characters were really making me mad. I don’t know why I continued, and even though I finished it, I don’t really know how it ends This is another book about infertility and the stresses winstoj puts on a marriage much like “Waiting for Daisy” except this is fiction.
However, within a span of like dinston weeks, each of the three major characters h I enjoyed “Good Grief” very much, so I was hoping I’d like this book, too. However, within a span of like 8 weeks, each of the three major characters have multiple sex partners keep in mind that two of them are married to each other!
There’s a jerk-of-a-man who wants the comforts of his wife and home along with the excitement of his affair. There’s his slut mistress with a kid she keeps a secret. And then there’s the career-minded woman who can’t get pregnant which upsets her way more than her husband’s affair. All three are incredibly selfish. I hate books like this because the reader is left to believe that the almighty quest to have hhappiness child is more important than the marriage itself or saving what’s become of it.
The characters inevitably believe that everything will be ok if only there could be a baby View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Abigail Hillinger rated it it was ok Shelves: I was disappointed with this book. After reading the first few chapters of “Good Grief” before it mysteriously disappearedI thought I would read all of Lolly Winston’s work and she could become a new favorite author.
After reading “Happiness Sold Separately”, I came to the following conclusions.
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Otherwise, it sounds spld I was disappointed with this book. Otherwise, it sounds like one character who has multiple personalities speaking. And it gets really annoying. I had the same problem with Brendan Halpin’s “Catastrophe Waitress”.
Two, sometimes every single emotion and feeling does NOT need to be explained to the reader. If we’re reading your book, chances are that we can figure out what the characters are feeling when they perform certain actions or are acting certain ways. Three, although some books are great with an open-ended question as the ending, some books NEED that close. And this book did.
After spending the entire book in three or four characters’ viewpoints, the last chapter or so is entirely in one person’s POV. And while I might have an idea where the book is going, I still deserve, after reading the book, to have it confirmed in more than one voice.
I’m still going to give “Good Grief” a go. But I wouldn’t say that I’ll re-read this one anytime soon. Jul 23, Kayla rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Oh no, where to start? I truly enjoyed Lolly Winston’s debut novel, Good Grief, and was excited to read this one. Alas, my excitement was doused with a large splash of bitterness as I struggled to find some honesty in this book. The only character I actually liked was Kat, the understanding best friend and neighbor.
Elinor and Ted’s love for one another is unconvincing from the start. At times I wished they would just say, “Ok let’s just forget it. We tried, nice knowing you,” and move on. Not t Oh no, where to start? Not to say that I wanted Ted to choose Gina–I hated that woman.
She made my skin crawl and I felt no sympathy for her messed-up life. But I didn’t exactly care for Elinor either I couldn’t even muster up any love for Toby, the angry and misguided son. In the end I wished I could edit, revise, and rewrite most of the story. Dont’ get me wrong, I can handle a difficult struggle in a book–just not a ridiculous one. A little soap opera-ish for me. Oct 11, Barb rated it liked it Shelves: Like many others, I read “Good Grief” and loved it. However this book was just plain depressing.
It was somewhat refreshing to have a book about infertility that didn’t end up with the couple taking a vacation and suddenly getting pregnant and having a baby and living happily ever after.
It also portrayed some of the realities of infertility very well. I also thought the plot showed the really sticky messes we can get in to and the disturbing realities of life. However, I would like to have seen something besides the same old story–the husband leaves the older wife for a younger woman.
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To add salt to the wound, he leaves the older wife who can’t have children for the younger woman who can. How about a story in which the couple works it hapiness together no matter what difficulties they face.
That would truly be a surprise ending in this day and age. Mar 02, Michelle rated it did not like it. I bought this book on a whim with my mad money. Then I separatelg mad at Lolly’s happijess disregard for morals and ethics. It was like she was making a statement and I completely disagree with her perspective.
I finished this book just out of curiosity, to see if any of the characters redeemed themselves. Nope, I was out of luck. Each character was self-absorbed and didn’t give a rat’s you-know-what that they were ruining a kid’s life in the process. Hate this book something awful. Eleanor and Ted’s marriage is pushed to a straining point when Eleanor finds out that Ted has been having an affair with his personal assistant Gina.
The feelings between the characters are complicated. Eleanor and Ted have been struggling with infertility for years. Gina is a single mother whose son Toby has just come to live with her and who hates her guts.
Although Ted breaks off his affair with Gina when Eleanor finally becomes pregnant, he can’t turn his back on the boy, and when Eleanor mi Eleanor and Ted’s marriage is pushed to a straining point b Eleanor finds out that Ted has been having an affair with his personal assistant Winsron.
Although Ted wineton off his affair with Gina when Eleanor finally becomes pregnant, he can’t turn his back on the boy, and when Eleanor miscarries and Ted is involved in a serious accident, things resolve themselves for lloly betterment of all involved. I thought this was a really great chick lit type book. I felt for all the characters, wold though they each had moments when they were wholly unlikeable. In spite of not usually being in favor of things ending the way they did in this book, I was happy with the way the story resolved itself, and I am now looking forward to reading my second Lolly Winston, Good Grief, which I have on my “to be read” pile.
Aug 17, Tiffany Hawk rated it it was amazing. With her signature mix of the dark and the funny, Lolly Winston poignantly captures the struggles of infertility and how it creeps into every aspect of your life.