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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471113493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471113499
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] graceful and deft debut.'-- --Booklist

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU unfurls like a ripped-up tapestry of lost souls, a puzzle-like pictorial to be woven together by the reader as the denizens of the eight separate stories collapse in and out of each other's lives --Observer

Ringwald s writing is tight and funny, cut through with everyday sadness ... [Our] comparisons would be to Miranda July and Jennifer Egan ... This is a collection that revels in the ordinary and the feelings that are common to all of us ... an intelligent and thoughtfully written book --Emerald Street

'Ringwald writes movingly about loss, eloquently delineating the problems that all people face in a novel which, though fragmented, maintains real pace. This is a slim volume with a long reach.' --Express

'Ringwald writes with the deceptively simple understanding of a kind, worldly-wise older sibling; something that lends a strange intimacy to the stories... At her best, [she] exposes the ordinary by chipping off its varnish. Which is, in the end, what makes it sparkle.' --Times

'This one time Hollywood A-lister can't just act, she can also write. This is an engaging, surprisingly competent and convincing collection of linked short stories exploring life and love.' --Daily Mirror

'A deft exploration of the human capacity to rediscover oneself when faced with betrayal'

'With her assured and deftly wrought novel-in-stories ... Ringwald plays out the all-too-familiar tragedies of adult life. [Her] stories ring with authenticity, voices so true and honest that we imagine she s been eavesdropping on our conversations. Once again she connects us' -- Vanity Fair

'Molly Ringwald understands how families work and uses her considerable talents to make them come alive on the page' -- GARY SHTEYNGART, AUTHOR OF SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

'Actress Molly Ringwald displays true literary talent in this collections of linked stories exploring infertility, infidelity, estrangement and divorce ... [Her] craft and keen insights make her debut shine.'--PEOPLE

'Most people who buy Ringwald s fiction debut will probably do so because they grew up watching her movies, but if they actually read the book they should forget she wrote it on the first page ... [a] collection of empathetic, closely observed tales' -- BOSTON GLOBE

'One of 2012 s most dazzling debut novels ... [her] stories echo Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel and Lorrie Moore' -- A. M. HOMES, AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, SALON

'Ringwald weaves an emotional narrative that avoids getting bogged down in melodrama. With an economy of language, she keeps the story moving, taking readers inside characters heads without leaving them there too long. Ringwald s storytelling succeeds as much on the page as her acting has done on screen. I look forward to her next literary performance' --WASHINGTON POST

--Express

The one time Hollywood A-lister can t just act, she can also write. This is an engaging, surprisingly competent and convincing collection of linked short stories, exploring life and love --Daily Mirror

'A deft exploration of the human capacity to rediscover oneself when faced with betrayal' --Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Molly Ringwald lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles. This is her first work of fiction. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/IamMollyRingwald or follow her on twitter @mollyringwald

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book-Shelf on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a book of short stories, the like i have never known before. Instead of stories that don't have much in common, maybe a theme or a place, these stories have in common a family. A family of Greta, Phillip and their daughter Charlotte. Each story has one of the characters in and who they meet and how that person affects them, their situation and their lives. Although other stories focus on another character, the family is always in the back ground, letting us know what is happening. Personally i love the book and found it hard to put down. A refreshing change to how short stories are written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BethRose on 20 Aug. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'd be lying if I didn't admit I primarily picked this book up to see what had become of my favourite brat-packer but was pleasantly surprised by the content.

Thoughful, touching prose renders beautiful the trials and tragedies which punctuate everyday life. The much trodden ground of divorcing parents is delivered feeling somewhat refreshed while the parent/child relationship is approached from various angles, all of which are both heart-felt and covincing. My only real quibble is the choice to conclude my favourite story, The Little One, indirectly through a different narrator. While no doubt a matter of personal taste, I felt most strongly for the lonely Betty and was disappointed that she slipped away so quietly while I was still getting to know her prodigal daughter.

Nonetheless this short debut novel manages to explore complex relationships in surprising depth, with some chapters comprising some really beautiful writing. I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Ebrill on 23 Feb. 2013
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This is a lovely book. Easy to read and smartly done. The stories are interesting and interweave in a lovely way. We ALL enjoyed this book and were surprised that is was so enjoyable.
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Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this collection of interlinking stories. I found some of the writing lovely to read as the character's emotions and feeling unravel.

I’ve quoted my favourite lines below which so evocatively describe the despair felt when a relationship you’ve taken for granted will always be there suddenly isn’t.

“When it happens to you, you will be reminded there are worse things but your heart won’t listen to reason. Your heart is a muscle like any other, full of blood and very hungry for oxygen. Your heart doesn’t think. It doesn’t consider the relativity of tragedy when it breaks.”
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By Sharron Gray on 2 Sept. 2013
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Good story and characters,I like how she writes about human interaction.quirky and very readable,makes you look at your own life
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By Helen on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Interesting characters you can relate to, both main and side characters alike. Believable love story with an unpredictable ending. Very enjoyable.
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By Morgan C. on 4 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is so much more than I expected from a debutant. The characters are very realistic, the stories are well written and their focus on fidelity brings out some realistic issues that make it easy for the reader to feel for the characters.
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Tells the story of the couple really well and realistically. Loved how all the characters had their own stories too. Would highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more from Molly Ringwald.
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