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My Ex-Life: A Novel av Stephen McCauley
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My Ex-Life: A Novel (utgåvan 2018)

av Stephen McCauley (Författare)

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"David Hedges is having an unusual midlife crisis. His boyfriend, Soren, has left him for an older man. His job is exasperating. As his life reaches new lows, his weight reaches new highs. Across the country, Julie Fiske isn't having a much better time herself. Carol, the woman (younger, of course) that Henry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable--more likeable than Henry was. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refuses to apply to college. Henry lays down an ultimatum--if Mandy doesn't start applying to college, she's going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy surprises Henry, and stuns Julie, by saying she's been working with David Hedges, Mom's first husband from long ago. It's a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not a bad idea. So when Julie calls David up out of the blue and asks if he'll help Mandy, he says of course. And when Mandy tells David he should come visit them and stay in one of their B&B rooms, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting. Soon David and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up exactly where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other's sentences, there's one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable"--… (mer)
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Titel:My Ex-Life: A Novel
Författare:Stephen McCauley (Författare)
Info:Flatiron Books (2018), 336 pages
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The Ex-es plot was fun to follow and David's character, despite turning mildly saintly, carried the family development.

Not needed was the lame Julie baby subplot and no explanation for her daughter's near-total lack of self-confidence
which led her to decide to enter a stranger's car, house, and basement. Her choice to become an online sex toy
was truly bizarre. As well was the coincidence which led David to discover her new career.

It would have made more sense if he had simply followed her after finding out she was lying about her in town job. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 26, 2021 |
Most of the time I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry while reading this book about David, who travels from San Francisco to visit his ex-wife Julie, and her daughter Mandy. David's boyfriend has just left him for a wealthy surgeon, and his rented home is being sold out from under him. He makes his living counseling (wealthy) teenagers and their parents through the college selection and application process. David works with Mandy on college applications, helps Julie spruce up the Airbnb she's running, and falls back into an easy friendship with Julie. The plot thickens: Mandy is making some very bad choices, and doesn't know why; Julie's second ex-husband is a jerk; and there's one thing about their marriage that Julie never told David. Secondary characters add interest, complications, and comic relief. I also loved Opal, the 3 legged dog. Enjoy! ( )
  cherybear | Apr 11, 2021 |
This book was ... not that funny? I had it sitting in a pile of ARCs-to-be-read and a review on NPR bumped it to the top of the pile, but after finishing, I felt it was overrated. I see that one of the lists that Goodreads has it on is "what the over-35s are reading," so maybe check back in a couple of years. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I love books that define family in non-traditional ways. This is definitely a fresh take on the concept. David and Julie had been married briefly around 20 years ago due to a pregnancy and both moved on in totally new directions with no hard feelings after a miscarriage. David figured out he was gay, and Julie re-married and gave birth to a daughter, Mandy. Now they live on opposite coasts (Julie in MA and David in CA). Life and circumstantial changes bring them together again - orchestrated by Mandy who is 17 and in the process of college applications - which is David's job. She invites him east for a visit in the summer and the truth of his life and Julie's emerge - but in rather dire housing transitions. Julie is going thru a divorce and her ex wants the house. She is renting out rooms thru Air BnB to try to make the money to keep it. David's long-time lease has been bought out and his ex and his new husband are the ones behind it. Meanwhile, Mandy is in a teenage crisis, hooked up with a creepy older guy who has hired her for internet porn. Despite this confluence of difficulties, there is a lot of humor and warmth - David and Julie's relationship is delightful. He is determined to help her keep the house, and together they start to fix it up. He also decides to pursue a lawsuit against his CA landlady in the hopes that the money can help Julie and Mandy. He 'fathers' Mandy better than her real father does. (Henry is a bit of a villain here) and eventually saves her from her bad choices. The span of the summer provides an opportunity for this unlikely family to gel and to face the past and still like each other in the process. David is the show-stealer for his calm and wisdom, one-liners, ("Money is easier to dispense than affection, even for the most miserly." p.253) and ability to see things and people for what they are. Everything comes to a head at the end of August and summer's end brings a new beginning for all. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
McCauley’s irreverent sense of humor about life, love, and living make me laugh out loud! ( )
  Lisa_Francine | Aug 5, 2020 |
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"David Hedges is having an unusual midlife crisis. His boyfriend, Soren, has left him for an older man. His job is exasperating. As his life reaches new lows, his weight reaches new highs. Across the country, Julie Fiske isn't having a much better time herself. Carol, the woman (younger, of course) that Henry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable--more likeable than Henry was. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refuses to apply to college. Henry lays down an ultimatum--if Mandy doesn't start applying to college, she's going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy surprises Henry, and stuns Julie, by saying she's been working with David Hedges, Mom's first husband from long ago. It's a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not a bad idea. So when Julie calls David up out of the blue and asks if he'll help Mandy, he says of course. And when Mandy tells David he should come visit them and stay in one of their B&B rooms, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting. Soon David and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up exactly where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other's sentences, there's one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable"--

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