I really enjoyed this book. At first, I thought it was going to be so so but, as I read more it held my interest. I wouldn't want to find myself in that kind of a situation though. Who would?
This is not a continuation of Sophie's story in Winston's first novel "Good Grief".
I guess I just assumed it would be because of the way the first book ended. Like there could be and possibly was more future for Sophie. Once I got over that fact I was able to settle into the easy read of Winston's second novel, "Happiness Sold Separately".
This book covers a wide range of emotions as Elinor (and Ted) both experience the heartbreak and frustration of not being able to carry a baby full term. They both handle the loss in their own way: Elinor pulls away into herself and Ted finds Gina who gives him the affection that he is needing.
Winston has created very well-rounded characters again. Her writing is done so simple, yet extensive enough that you can feel the characters' emotions and their lives become real to the reader. The end of the book is somewhat sudden, but not in the "left hanging" kind of way. In a way, I'm almost relieved. I enjoyed the book but the story brings up hard-to-deal-with-feelings and I had to take a break in the middle. (I guess I just get really involved in good writing.)
Anyways, in summary, I think parts of the book are more graphic than Winston's first book. I liked the first book better in that way. I enjoy being able to "feel" the story but I don't want so much detail that makes me feel like I'm reading a cheap dime novel. Also, I still miss Sophie. :) (Guess that goes back to what I was saying about really getting involved.)
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Great story. Very entertaining. It's humor mixed with sadness and a few hundred other emotions.