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The Resource Beside herself, Elizabeth LaBan

Beside herself, Elizabeth LaBan

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Beside herself
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Beside herself
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Elizabeth LaBan
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eng
Summary
"When she finds out her husband cheated, Hannah Bent thinks her marriage is over. Isn't that what happens after an affair? But she's seen friends divorce, and it's not pretty. Plus, she and Joel have kids and an otherwise-happy life, and she still loves him, although begrudgingly. Furious and feeling stuck, she suggests having her own affair to even the score. Joel, desperate for forgiveness, agrees. But does she really want to go through with it? And how exactly does a married mother of two get back in the dating pool? Many awkward dates follow until she finds a deep and unexpected connection where she was least looking for it. Just as she thinks she's made a decision, her journey to happiness is waylaid by storms of doubt. But the important thing is that she's finally figuring out what she truly wants for herself, and she understands that whatever choice she makes must be hers and hers alone."--Provided by publisher
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  • Hannah and her husband Joel have a great life. They both have careers that they love, are raising two adorable children, and their marriage is strong. While Joel is napping on the train home from an event honoring his father, Hannah begins poking around in his phone and stumbles upon text messages that raise a red flag. Joel later confesses that, yes, he had an affair, which is now over. But Hannah cannot get over the infidelity and her anger associated with it, despite the couple seeing several therapists. It is then that she decides to beat Joel at his own game and have an affair of her own. Told in her signature realistic style, LaBan (Not Perfect, 2018) brings to life what happens when a marriage goes devastatingly wrong. As they deal with fights and consequences both internal and external, both Hannah and Joel will stay with readers for a long time. This is a great addition to collections where Elyssa Frieland’s The Intermission (2018) and other stories of misguided but appealing characters messing up relationships are popular. -- Erin Holt (Reviewed 9/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 1, p43)
  • Forty-five-year-old Hannah Bent gets the surprise of her life when she snoops through her husband's cell phone and discovers her doting partner has been unfaithful. Joel is physically ill at the thought of losing his wife and their perfectly crafted life, but Hannah isn't so sure she can absolve him. The latest from LaBan (The Tragedy Paper) poses a question of fidelity and forgiveness: Can Hannah forgive Joel's transgression by having an affair of her own? Hannah jumps into the world of online dating and prowls for a hookup in a variety of places, eager to give Joel a taste of his own medicine and validate her emotions. It turns out having an affair of her own isn't as easy as she expected, but then she finds temptation in the most unlikely of places—the senior care facility where her father-in-law lives. VERDICT This book begins quickly with an intriguing premise that slows down significantly partway through. LaBan gives voice to the conflicting thoughts and emotions spouses experience following infidelity, but some of the characters feel underdeveloped as the plot takes off. --Chelsie Harris (Reviewed 10/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 9, p88)
  • After her husband cheats on her, a woman attempts her own affair to settle the score. Hannah thinks she and her husband, Joel, have a happy marriage. That is, until she snoops on his phone to find out if he's planning a surprise birthday party for her and discovers the unthinkable—he's cheated on her. Joel swears it was a one-time thing and urges Hannah into couples counseling, but Hannah can't put it behind her. So she proposes a radical solution: She'll have an affair of her own, just to make things even. Joel, desperate to convince Hannah that he's sorry, agrees to her preposterous plan. Hannah's problem? She doesn't really want to have an affair, but her anger and unquenchable desire for revenge push her to sign up for dating apps and suffer through some abysmal first dates. Hannah's frustration also stems from the fact that she's the de facto contact person for Joel's father, who's in a nursing home. When Hannah learns that Joel's parents went through relationship difficulties but remained married, she starts to think that perhaps she should give Joel another chance. Hannah's best friend, who's going through her own miserable divorce, encourages Hannah to work things out with Joel. Hannah isn't sure what to do—despite all her bad dates, she does feel some chemistry with Reuben, the kind, charming social worker at her father-in-law's nursing home. But eventually, Hannah has to do what's best for her family—and, most importantly, for her. It's difficult to invoke sympathy for a man who cheats on his wife and a woman attempting to cheat on her husband, but LaBan (Not Perfect, 2018, etc.) pulls it off. Given the situation, Hannah's rage makes complete sense, and LaBan provides enough details about Hannah and Joel's past to help readers see why Hannah would struggle with the idea of leaving him. Refreshingly, LaBan resists making any of her characters into stereotypical villains, instead painting them as complex, flawed human beings. A moving look at the heartbreaks and high points of a long relationship. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2019)
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10822504
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LaBan, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.A248
LC item number
B47 2019
Literary form
novels
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  • Husband and wife
  • Adultery
  • Forgiveness
  • Self-realization in women
  • Families
Target audience
adult
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Beside herself, Elizabeth LaBan
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781542093729
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1112207073
  • (OCoLC)1112207073
Label
Beside herself, Elizabeth LaBan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781542093729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1112207073
  • (OCoLC)1112207073

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