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My Ex-Life

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By McCauley, Stephen

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ISBN 9781250122445
Barcode 9781250122445
Published 7 May 2019 by Flatiron Books
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ISBN-13 9781250122445
ISBN-10 1250122449
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Flatiron Books
Imprint Flatiron Books
Publication Date 7 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McCauley, Stephen
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Gay men - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 986504

Description of this Book

National Bestseller I didn't know how much I needed a laugh until I began reading Stephen McCauley's new novel, My Ex-Life. This is the kind of witty, sparkling, sharp novel for which the verb 'chortle' was invented. --Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air McCauley fits neatly alongside Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple in the category of 'Novelists You'd Most Like to Drive Across the Country With.' --The New York Times Book Review David Hedges's life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents') choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7. The last person he expects to hear from is Julie Fiske. It's been decades since they've spoken, and he's relieved to hear she's recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. To him. Julie definitely doesn't have a problem with marijuana (she's given it up completely, so it doesn't matter if she gets stoned almost daily) and the Airbnb she's running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. She'd just like David's help organizing college plans for her 17-year-old daughter. That would be Mandy. To quote Barry Manilow, Oh Mandy. While she knows she's smarter than most of the kids in her school, she can't figure out why she's making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices? When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof (one David needs to repair). David and Julie pick up exactly where they left off thirty years ago--they're still best friends who can finish each other's sentences. But there's one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix. In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for My Ex-Life National Bestseller now in paperback One of the best books, as far as I'm concerned, this year is My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley. It is quirky and funny and beautifully observed. --Jane Green on NBC's Today Show Warm, very funny and observant...In his adroit and affecting new novel, My Ex-Life, he revisits the emotional territory of that first novel: the special closeness that may arise between a gay man and a straight woman. --San Francisco Chronicle A clever novel about exes reconnecting...Do not underestimate McCauley's witty insights or his ability to make middle-aged, sexless companionship seem wildly appealing. --People (Book of the Week) A charming slice of life about former spouses (one gay, one straight) on the other side of 50 who have been kicked around by life but find purpose when they reconnect in a seaside Massachusetts town. Laughs included. --Entertainment Weekly With My Ex-Life, a heartwarming comedy of manners about second chances and starting afresh, he has pretty much outdone himself...McCauley fires off witticisms like a tennis ace practicing serves...In the vein of inveterate beguilers like Laurie Colwin, Elinor Lipman, and Maria Semple, McCauley is warm but snappy, light but smart--and just plain enjoyable. --NPR.org My Ex-Life is a pleasure of the deepest sort--it's a wise, ruefully funny, and ultimately touching exploration of mid-life melancholy and unexpected second chances. Stephen McCauley is a wonderful writer, and this may be his best book yet. --Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of Mrs. Fletcher My Ex-Life is a rich, yet delicate ragout of wonderfully vivid characters, hilarious dialogue, and spot-on cultural criticism. It satisfies on every level. --Richard Russo, bestselling author of Everybody's Fool Before you read My Ex-Life, make sure the person you sleep with is willing to be woken constantly by your laughter. Stephen McCauley writes sparkling, graceful, witty prose with an ease and fluency that seems like sleight-of-hand. If I were the kind of reader who highlighted brilliant passages, the whole entire book would be underlined. --Katherine Heiny, author of Standard Deviation From the first page of My Ex-Life, I was sending Stephen McCauley mental valentines and figurative fan notes, thanking him for this delicious, smart, funny novel, its endearing characters, and his wry, big-hearted cynicism. Oh, if all books could be like this one! --Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane My Ex-Life is Steve McCauley's best novel so far--and that's saying a lot. For those of us who devoured his previous books and eagerly awaited another, My Ex-Life is cause for celebration. McCauley's trademark wit and cultural commentary is all here, as is a cast of smart, complicated, heart-sore characters.... You're going to love My Ex-Life. --Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl and The Red Tent This wonderful novel has its finger on the pulse of the present, but the questions it asks--about family and the ineluctable past and the strange, sustaining grace of friendship--are as timeless as the elegance and craft of its prose. Stephen McCauley is a master, one of our wisest and funniest observers of American life. --Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You McCauley delights with intimately, often hilariously observed characters and a winking wit that lets plenty of honest tenderness shine through. Readers will love spending time in these pages. --Booklist (starred review) Wickedly funny.... For all the idiosyncrasies of McCauley's creations, it's likely many readers will see aspects of their own lives reflected in these pages. --BookPage McCauley's effervescent prose is full of wit and wisdom on every topic--college application essays, Airbnb operation, weed addiction, live porn websites, and, most of all, people....A gin and tonic for the soul. --Kirkus This comedy of manners is a summery confection tinged with awareness of a coming autumn. --Publishers Weekly It's hard to convey the sheer joy of reading McCauley's effervescent, penetrating prose that can be simultaneously hilarious and heart-breaking. --Bay Area Reporter A smart, fun novel...McCauley...describes the characters' evolving relationships with wit and warmth. --AARP You can recognize great writers in their minor characters...Stephen McCauley belongs to an elite club of authors who create such memorable supporting roles, and in his latest, My Ex-Life, he serves up a narcissistic San Francisco real estate agent, a bitter, tourist-town shopkeeper, and an exotic next-door philanderer, to name just three. --Chronogram Sardonic, wry and ceaselessly funny as it may be, My Ex-Life genuinely surprises as it progresses, accumulating tenderness, warmth and complexity, and providing some latitude for modest growth and underplayed epiphanies to all its vivid characters--even the most jaded, narcissistic and rapacious. --Almanac Weekly His writing is an absolute delight...It's one of those stories I love so much because it's about the idea of who we surround ourselves with, the family we create, and all the different kinds of relationships we have in our lives and how wonderful and frustrating and heartbreaking and absurd they can be. --WAMC's The Roundtable McCauley has a remarkable talent for telling a story filled with insights into human behavior and laced with plenty of humor. --Shelf Awareness Nothing is more satisfying, however, than what can be aptly described as a plain, old-fashioned 'good read', especially one as well-written as My Ex-Life from skillful storyteller and bestselling author Stephen McCauley. --Lambda Literary Gentle, wise...this lovely novel...shows how, with some loving help, you can reset your life. --The ARTery Together, this oddball group proves that a family can be a pot-smoking mom, a moody teen, and Mom's gay ex-husband. --Brit + Co Captivating...McCauley [presents] wonderfully distinctive and detailed people who are smart and funny. The observational aspects of the novel are so vivid that you are likely to race through the book in a few sittings. --The Connecticut Post Sweet-but-unsentimental paean to altruism and friendship that gets to the heart of people, be they nice or nasty.... A tender, strikingly 'true' story that is warm, clear, and nuanced. --Library Journal Funny, heartfelt, and utterly winning... --Southern Living Interesting. And complicated. And hilarious. --EW.com Divorce is the great reuniter in Stephen McCauley's sharp, laugh-out-loud novel. --Martha Stewart Living Everything you've heard (or read) about My Ex-Life (Flatiron, 2018), the acclaimed new novel by Stephen McCauley (of The Object of My Affection fame) is true; it's subtly wicked funny and insightful... --Baltimore Out Loud Summer reads don't get much sweeter than this novel...McCauley charmingly juggles an assortment of funny, believable characters...as each, in their different ways, find their way home. --The Seattle Times Praise for Stephen McCauley's Previous Works Make no mistake: McCauley is a social satirist in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde--and like them, he's a serious writer indeed. --The Los Angeles Times on Alternatives to Sex Delightful...nearly perfect. --Entertainment Weekly on Alternatives to Sex Stephen McCauley is really the secret love child of Edith Wharton and Woody Allen. --The New York Times on The Easy Way Out

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Author's Bio

Stephen McCauley is the author of six previous novels, including The Object of My Affection, True Enough, and Alternatives to Sex. Many have been national bestsellers, and three have been made into feature films. The New York Times Book Review dubbed McCauley the secret love child of Edith Wharton and Woody Allen , and he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. His fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's, Vogue, and many other publications. He currently serves as Co-Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University. He has several properties listed on Airbnb in Massachusetts and New York and owns a total of zero toss pillows.

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