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Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Happens Every Day An All-Too-True Story - Audio CD - Unabridged
Author: Isabel Gillies
Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life -- a handsome, intelligent, loving husband; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house; the time and place to express all her ebullience and affection and optimism. Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons. — When Josiah took a teaching job at a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743582902
ISBN-10: 074358290X
Publication Date: 3/24/2009
Edition: Unabridged
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover
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I first saw "Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story" by Isabel Gillies at Starbucks and considering the fact that I've loved every "Starbucks book" I ever picked up, this one went on my to-read list as well.

For the fans of Law & Order: SVU - Isabel Gillies had a recurring role on the show playing Kathy Stabler. While at a wedding, Gillies reconnects with her childhood friend Josiah (I believe that's a pseudonym), and the two initiate a relationship and eventually get married. Moving around to accommodate Josiah's job as a college professor, the couple eventually winds up in Oberlin, Ohio with their two young boys. Worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Gillies nevertheless builds a life for herself and her family in the quiet town. They buy and renovate a house, make friends, and Gillies even begins teaching acting at the college. All of a sudden, Josiah announces that he's leaving Isabel and their two sons, and that he just "can't do it" anymore.

Gillies is desperate to save her marriage, but Josiah has checked out with no desire to work on their relationship. No amount of tears, pleading, and inquiries from friends and family can change his mind. Gillies suspects that Josiah is involved with his colleague Sylvia, but often ignores her intuition when both Josiah and Sylvia insist that they are just friends. In perhaps the most heart-wrenching bit of the story, Josiah makes Gillies apologize to the other woman for insinuating that they are having an affair. What a way to displace his own guilt!

Reading "Happens Every Day" was like sneaking a peak at someone's diary; Gillies left out nothing in describing the nitty gritty details of her marriage and subsequent divorce. The result is a heart-wrenching story that made me want to reach out and tell Gillies, "Oh no! Don't do that!", only to realize that I'd probably do the same thing given the situation. In the end though, Gillies' story is one of survival, hope, and happy endings.
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This book was like going to lunch with a bold and honest friend who does not mince words and does not keep secrets. She simply tells an all-too-true story of something that really does happen every day, and she captured that sick, crazy, desperate, sucker-punched feeling most of us women can relate to when this kind of thing happens. She not only told the story gracefully, but she also handled the situation gracefully, and I really respect her. At first I didn't think I'd like this book, but after a few chapters, I was sucked in till the end.
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I loved this book- breezed right through it- could not put it down.
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This was an interesting and well-written memoir. Gillies has a really approachable, informal tone that makes her easy to relate to despite her super-WASPy background. Interesting insights into small college town. The one thing that I found jarring was the abrupt ending of the narrative, followed by a note about her current relationship with some of the principal people in the memoir. I guess that in the four years since the events in the book she's had time to move on, but it's kind of a leap to make in a few pages.
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A real life story of how woman's marriage fell apart. A sad topic, yes, but told in such a way that you feel like your best friend called you up to chat.
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Before her 2009 divorce memoir, Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story, became a New York Times bestseller, Isabel Gillies was a semi-famous film and television actress best known for her role on televisions Law and Order. Now, she is the author of three books (two memoirs, one novel) and on her way to becoming best known as a semi-famous bestselling author.
Despite her fame, fortune and beauty, Gillies was not immune to cold-hearted rejection. When her husband unequivocally announced he wanted out of their marriage, Gillies life became less law and order and more woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. However, all her self-pity, insecurity and stalker-like instincts read like fiction... It made for an honest and captivating memoir.
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I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I listened to it twice. The author wrote a very compelling, heartfelt true story. What happened to her could happen to anyone. I would love to hear a part two, as there is no doubt her former husband will do the same thing to Sylvia as he did to her -- and his first wife.
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If you are going through a divorce(especially the wounded partner)this is a must read. Raw and heartbreaking emotion from Isabel Gillies.