The Opposite Of Maybe: A Novel

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The Opposite Of Maybe: A Novel

by Maddie Dawson

Crown Publishing Group | April 8, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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A heartfelt and exceptionally human novel about the best mistakes a person can make
 
   Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other's sentences-so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
   But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie's very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
   It's meant to be a temporary break, of course-until Rosie realizes she's accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. When Soapie reveals a long-hidden secret, Rosie wonders if she has to let go of her fears, and trust that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits her just may be the one she was meant to live.

Now with a comprehensive Reader''s Guide

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.98 × 5.17 × 0.8 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770437680

ISBN - 13: 9780770437688

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The Opposite Of Maybe: A Novel

by Maddie Dawson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.98 × 5.17 × 0.8 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770437680

ISBN - 13: 9780770437688

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9780770437688|excerpt Dawson / THE OPPOSITE OF MAYBE [one] They’re making love on Saturday morning—almost finished, but not quite close enough to the finish line to really and truly count—when the phone starts its earsplitting chirping right by their heads. Jonathan, who had been lying on top of her, with his face contorted in what she was sure was ecstasy, groaning, “Rosie, Rosie, Rosie . . .” now comes instantly to a halt. His eyes dart to the telephone on the floor next to their mattress, and she says, “Ohhhh, no you don’t,” and they both start laughing. They know he can’t help it. “No, no, no!” she says, and tightens her grip on him, still laughing. “Not now. Don’t get up to see who it is.” “But I have to know,” he says mournfully. “But why? You hate the phone. And you already know you’re not going to answer it.” “I know, but I have to see,” he says. He bites his lip and gives her a sheepish look. “Come on, let me check it.” “All right,” she says. “Go look, you big lug. But come back.” He leans so far over the side of their mattress that he nearly falls onto the floor on his head, still tangled in the sheets. And then, laughing, he has to catch himself and walk on his hands until he can pull himself out of the wreckage and get upright on the floor. Sex as vaudeville, she thinks. This is what they never tell you a
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A heartfelt and exceptionally human novel about the best mistakes a person can make
 
   Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other's sentences-so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
   But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie's very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
   It's meant to be a temporary break, of course-until Rosie realizes she's accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. When Soapie reveals a long-hidden secret, Rosie wonders if she has to let go of her fears, and trust that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits her just may be the one she was meant to live.

Now with a comprehensive Reader''s Guide

About the Author

MADDIE DAWSON is the author of The Stuff That Never Happened. She lives in Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

"Dawson's charmingly eccentric cast of characters is at turns lovable and infuriating, ensuring a quick read helmed by a memorable, complex heroine." -Publishers Weekly

"Delightfully witty… A messy, funny, surprising story of second chances." -Kirkus Reviews

"Dawson keeps readers turning the pages to find out who Rosie will choose in the end." -Booklist

"The Opposite of Maybe is a bighearted book about a woman whose life is upturned-and the quirky, endearing cast of characters who help her find her way to a new kind of happiness. At turns poignant and funny, this book is brimming with charm." -Sarah Pekkanen, internationally bestselling author of The Best of Us and The Opposite of Me

"Funny, painful, heartbreaking and real. Maddie Dawson's lyrical, realistic portrayal of a modern-day relationship and all its complexities is rich with humor and insight." -Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Match and Waiting on You

"A quirky, warm, insightful, feel-good confection of a novel." -Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House and Tempting Fate

Bookclub Guide

Please note: In order to provide reading groups with the most informed and thought-provoking questions possible, it is necessary to reveal important aspects of the plot of this novel-as well as the ending. If you have not finished reading The Opposite of Maybe, we respectfully suggest that you may want to wait before reviewing this guide.

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