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Wife Goes On
by Leslie J Lehr   

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Publisher:  Kensington ISBN-10:  0758222411
Pages: 

307

Copyright:  March 1, 2008 ISBN-13:  9780758222411

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Wife Goes On is the story of four women with nothing in common but divorce, who learn that it’s more than enough to become friends – and spend one life-changing summer helping each other live happier ever after. A modern cross between Sex & the City and First Wives Club, Wife Goes On celebrates the second acts of today’s women with humor, heartbreak, and hope. Husbands may come and go, but friends are forever.

 In this warm and witty story, four very different women in Los Angeles are drawn into an unlikely friendship, offering each other humor, healing and hope as they journey through the choppy waters of divorce, and into a new world bursting with possibilities. The women are:

 DIANE: An MBA hotshot turned PTA Supermom, with a shy son and a troublesome teenage daughter, whose husband’s gambling leads to bankruptcy, divorce - and a whole new life inspired by Pure RomanceÔ intimacy aids.

 LANA:  The actress whose marriage to a Hollywood heartthrob ended in a public break-up that became a national punchline, causing her to hide in plain sight behind the counter of a trendy furniture store, where she beds every Hottie in town to ease her pain.

 BONNIE: The young O.S.U. Homecoming Queen saddled with two young children and an abusive former football hero husband.  Devastated when her Prince Charming storms out of the fairy tale, she is torn by the temptation to lock the door behind him and make her own dreams come true.

 ANNETTE: A hard-edged divorce lawyer, Annette knew the odds going in, but finds herself working such long hours to pay alimony to the husband who left her for a man, that she lost custody of their beloved daughter...and desperately wants her back.

 WIFE GOES ON turns the typical divorce novel on its ear, looking at divorce in a whole new empowering way.  Forget revenge fantasies and getting even – this is not your mother’s divorce. Through humor and heartbreak in smart, accessible prose, Lehr helps drive home the point that today, women not only air their dirty laundry, they wash it together. Lehr’s writing and personal experience prove that while husbands may come and go, friends are forever. Now women really can learn to live happier ever after.

 

 

 

Excerpt
Did it ever occur to you that “wife” is a four-letter word? The first time I cringed at the sound of it, I knew my marriage was over. But I refused to get a divorce. Maybe it was partly my fault for devoting so much to my kids and to the asshole snoring next to me that there was nothing left. But this was no started marriage. Sure I was miserable, but I made a commitment, damnit.
The truth is, I was afraid to be alone. Then I heard my daughter swear she’d never get married and I realized sticking it out wouldn’t win me Mother of the Year. If I wanted my kids to be happy, I would have to show them how. So I tore off whose golden shackles – and found out I wasn’t alone. I had joined a club that I didn’t know existed. I never wanted to join this club, but now I’m glad I did. Everywhere, there are members who have paid their dues, know the secret handshake, and are reaping the benefits of real friendship…

Welcome to Club Divorce,

Diane Taylor



Professional Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Lehr turns out a frothy escape novel that examines a cross-section of contemporary Los Angeles divorcées who become fast friends despite themselves….Lehr keeps the plot moving with madcap hijinks and tender moments.”

Arianna Huffington, commentator, author of On Becoming Fearless
“A celebration of second acts wrapped up in a humorous, heartfelt homage to the
power of friendship.”



Leslie Morgan Steiner, Mommy Wars, Crazy Love, & the Washington Post
“Lehr is a truth teller - a rare writer who untangles the realities of women's lives without flinching, while making you laugh, cry, and nod in understanding with every word."




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