Once Upon A Time, There Was You: A Novel

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Once Upon A Time, There Was You: A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg

Random House Publishing Group | October 4, 2011 | Trade Paperback

4.5 out of 5 rating. 2 Reviews

Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common-nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron. When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other. Elizabeth Berg's immense talent shines in this unforgettable novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345517326

ISBN - 13: 9780345517326

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Once Upon A Time, There Was You: A Novel

Once Upon A Time, There Was You: A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345517326

ISBN - 13: 9780345517326

About the Book

A beautiful story about the power of love and family, this new novel by the beloved, bestselling author of "The Last Time I Saw You" follows the journey of a couple who meet again after their divorce.

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1 When eighteen-year-old Sadie Marsh comes from California to visit her father in Minnesota, she sleeps in a bedroom decorated for her much younger self: a ruffled canopy bed, a white dresser with fairies painted on it, wallpaper with pink and white stripes, a bedside lamp with a wishing well base. Neither John nor his daughter has ever made a move to change one thing about that room; Sadie still sleeps under a pile of stuffed animals, the ones she left behind. It''s a warm Sunday in late August, and John is sitting on the front porch, feeding peanuts to the squirrel that has ventured up the steps and over to him. He''s waiting for his daughter to come out the door to announce that this is really it; she has everything now, she''s ready to go to the airport. She''s been here for the usual length of time-one week. She''s not even gone, but already he is feeling a wide band around his middle start to tighten. When he drops her at the airport, neither of them will express any regret at her leave-taking: it is an unspoken agreement that they keep every parting casual, that they do not make a bad situation worse with what they both would describe as fussing and carrying on, a phrase that John''s Atlanta-born mother was fond of using, and one that she in fact employed every time they parted. "No fussin'' and cahn'' on, now," she would say, her white- gloved hand beneath his chin, her eyes crinkled at the sides the way they did when she smiled. "I''m gon'' see you real soon, just yo
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Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common-nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron. When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other. Elizabeth Berg's immense talent shines in this unforgettable novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an ABBY Award. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library, and is a recipient of the New England Booksellers Award for her body of work. Her writing has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and she adapted her novel Pull of the Moon into a play that has been successfully performed on two stages in the Chicago area. Berg lives in Chicago.


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Editorial Reviews

"[Berg] is an enchanting and empathic storyteller. . . . [Her] tender and wise novels are oases in a harsh world."-Booklist

"Hard to put down . . . This addictive read shows anew what a wonderful writing talent Berg is: strong characters illuminate a tender story about what makes marriage work (or not), and how family binds itself together despite things that pull it apart."-Library Journal
 
"The prolific Berg delivers the goods in this perceptive novel. . . . Berg's masterful portraits and keen insight makes for a memorable read."-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Elizabeth Berg
 
"[Berg] has a knack for taking you right into the soul of her characters, as they respond to joy and tragedy in a perfectly imperfect way."-Chicago Sun-Times, about The Last Time I Saw You
 
"Pitch-perfect . . . [encompasses] everything you've ever felt, but couldn't put into tangible words."-Chicago Tribune, about The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

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