Review: Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0312540094
  • Source: SheKnows
  • Alice Kirshall has a storybook life, or so it seems.  Her husband, Alex, a Hollywood entertainment lawyer signs on with a new client, actress Rose Maris. When Alex starts hitting the gym, Alice assumes he’s going through a mid-life crisis and writes it off.  But then he starts working later and later.  The intimacy in their relationship has dwindled down to nothing.

    When Alice discovers she is expecting, Alex isn’t as excited as she would have hoped.  He actually begins to ignore her.  A few weeks later she goes  to the hospital due to severe pain and bleeding and Alex is nowhere to be found.  He shows up right as Alice is being carted into surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.  When Alice awakes, Alex is right by her side, crying with guilt.

    Alice returns home and is immediately overwhelmed with phone calls.  She assumes the calls are from friends and family members calling to wish her a speedy recovery.  But the calls are coming from the press: a story has appeared in a tabloid, reporting that Alex and Rosie are having an affair.  Suddenly Alice’s storybook life starts to crumble into pieces.  She orders Alex out of the house and is left to deal with their five-old daughter, Gabby, the loss of their unborn child, and the loss of their marriage, alone.

    As if all this isn’t enough to drive anyone insane, Alice learns her mother, Mary, is having problems at the home in which she is residing.  Mary has Alzheimers, and has recently begun using foul language that is upsetting the other residents.

    Alice must pull herself together and deal with all this chaos in her life.  She, with Gabby in tow, must pick up the pieces of their life and move on.

    How to I begin to relay how much I loved this book?  The characters are wonderful, so well-developed and real. Pieces of Happily Ever After is not your typical chick-lit.  The story and the relationships between the characters are so raw and emotional.  You can’t help but be swept up in this story. The emotions you’ll feel while reading range from joy to anger, and from happiness to tears. I loved this one so much I’ve read it twice and that still isn’t enough.  I want to learn more about Alice, what has become of her life.  When the book ended I felt as though I lost a close friend.  I very impatiently await the release of Zutell’s next book, whenever that may be.

    Be sure to join the author, Irene Zutell for the final book club discussion for this book tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. EST (so 3 to 7 p.m. on the SheKnows book club message board!

    Check out this funny video about Irene’ book, featuring her daughter, the inspiration for the character, Gabby!

    11 Comments to "Review: Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell"

    1. March 25, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Permalink

      Wow–this is one I probably wouldn’t pick up because the cover is just so “cute.” I would assumer that there wasn’t much heft to it. I’ll have to give it a chance.

    2. Nicole's Gravatar Nicole
      March 25, 2010 - 1:01 PM | Permalink

      How do you manage the re-reads so quickly. There are some books that I would love to re-read as soon as I finish but I always have to go on to something else.

    3. March 25, 2010 - 1:54 PM | Permalink

      would love to read,thanks!

    4. March 25, 2010 - 5:40 PM | Permalink

      Wow, the fact that you’ve read it twice already says a lot to me!

    5. March 25, 2010 - 8:44 PM | Permalink

      I love the cover of this book. So impressed that you have already read it twice! It sounds like a wonderful reading experience – I will need to pick it up!

    6. March 25, 2010 - 11:47 PM | Permalink
    7. S. Krishna's Gravatar S. Krishna
      Twitter: skrishna
      March 26, 2010 - 9:59 AM | Permalink

      I liked this book as well. Great review!

    8. Jen - Devourer of Books's Gravatar Jen - Devourer of Books
      Twitter: devourerofbooks
      March 26, 2010 - 5:23 PM | Permalink

      I agree, I loved it so much I put her other novel on hold at the library, even though the description normally wouldn’t appeal to me at ALL.

    9. Dawn - she is too fond of books's Gravatar Dawn - she is too fond of books
      Twitter: toofondofbooks
      March 28, 2010 - 11:19 AM | Permalink

      There was A LOT going on with this novel! So many of the minor characters could really have their own books to follow up on what’s happening with them.

    10. April 20, 2010 - 11:31 AM | Permalink

      I love the cover on this one and am glad to hear the book is wonderful too!

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