Friday, March 6, 2009

Review of "Happens Every Day" by Isabel Gillies

The last subject I would give advice to a friend on is divorce. Advice is so free, and besides, self-affirmations or objective reality sound glib, or trite. Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies could aptly be retitled "Deconstruction through Divorce". Gillies invites the reader into a marriage in upheaval with too much fighting, too little communicating. The marital fabric really starts to unravel once the coy, dark-haired-cum-Audrey-Hepburn-other-woman is introduced. Much of the story is a rant from a jealous wife who ends up losing her husband. This isn't a romance novel but a pain-filled Nora-Ephron-Heartburn memoir. Everybody gets hurt, and assumingly everybody heals (at least, partially heals). Divorce is messy, sad; it can be a time of soul searching and self-realization - just because it happens every day doesn't make it easy.

-Alexandra Smith, Book Rack/Old Firehouse Books customer since 2008

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