When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories
It Books, Aug 14 2012, $24.99
Greta wonders what went wrong with her marriage to Phillip that led to him playing sweet music with their six years old daughter’s nineteen years old college drop-out music teacher Theresa. Upset as she thought they were a perfect couple, she turns to her mom Ilsa for solace. Insisting to forgive is divine; Ilsa takes in drug-addicted Milo, whose mother ran away from him. Meanwhile Greta turns to Peter while Phillip turns to Marina, mother of Charlotte’s classmate cross dressing Oliver.
The premise of this interactive collection of stories is that relationships are difficult while loving relationships are exponentially more convoluted. The cast is solid as they learn life’s lesson that to betray is human; to forgive impossible. Though the last story seems off kilter after the long and winding road to get there, readers will enjoy Molly Ringald’s insightful look at people navigating the landmines that complicate relationships.