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  • Most enjoyable read!

    My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley started out almost laugh-out-loud funny, but then happily it settled down into a marvelously written, snarky, sarcastic, still laugh-out-loud-funny-moments glimpse into people’s lives and how they respond to some of life’s challenges and turning points. Readers that don’t like social commentary in their books or don’t approve of the lifestyle choices the characters made in the past and make now may be quick to dislike this book, but they should give it a chance. It is well worth it. Like it or not, the world is a varied, wild place and these main characters are part of it, and, Stephen McCauley does an absolutely amazing job of describing them and the current events in their lives. Although in my “real life” I am not particularly like any of the main characters, I could feel their emotions, their loyalty, their love, their pain, their trust, and their fear of making bad decisions that will stick with them the rest of their lives. Even though the relationships and situations may be unique, it’s still a second chance story, a story of people just looking to survive the crossroads they are at, do the right thing and be happy. The way the author describes how people act, how people react, why they do what they do, how they judge people and why was eerily accurate. I live in the greater San Francisco area and that, too, was like being there. The story is very well-written and the pace was perfect. There were just enough little twists and turns that I couldn’t put it down because I was so engaged with the characters, wanting to see what would happen next and hoping things would all work out. And just enjoying the fantastic writing along the way. This was the first book I have read by Stephen McCauley, but it will not be the last. The best way I can describe it is to say that it was just comfortable, easy to read and sprinkled with witty, spot-on observances, easy to empathize with the characters and feel anxious with them wondering if things can turn out all right or not. Thanks to the publisher Flatiron Books for providing an early copy to me. I highly recommend it.

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