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Skipping a Beat - A Novel

Sarah Pekkanen

From the author of the acclaimed The Opposite of Me, a poignant, witty novel about marriage, forgiveness, and the choices that give shape—and limits—to our lives. What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite all of the rules of your relationship? This is the question at the heart of Skipping a Beat, Pekkanen's thought-provoking second book. From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia - where they were simply Julie and Mike - they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million. But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him - and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now facing with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored - but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement - or give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life? As wry and engaging as her debut, but with quiet depth and newfound maturity, Skipping a Beat is an unforgettable portrait of a marriage whose glamorous surface belies the complications and betrayals beneath.

From the author of the acclaimed The Opposite of Me, a poignant, witty novel about marriage, forgiveness, and the choices that give shape—and limits—to our lives. What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite all of the rules of your relationship? This is the question at the heart of Skipping a Beat, Pekkanen's thought-provoking second book. From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia - where they were simply Julie and Mike - they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million. But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him - and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now facing with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored - but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement - or give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life? As wry and engaging as her debut, but with quiet depth and newfound maturity, Skipping a Beat is an unforgettable portrait of a marriage whose glamorous surface belies the complications and betrayals beneath.
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From the author of the acclaimed The Opposite of Me, a poignant, witty novel about marriage, forgiveness, and the choices that give shape—and limits—to our lives. What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite all of the rules of your relationship? This is the question at the heart of Skipping a Beat, Pekkanen's thought-provoking second book. From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia - where they were simply Julie and Mike - they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million. But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him - and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now facing with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored - but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement - or give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life? As wry and engaging as her debut, but with quiet depth and newfound maturity, Skipping a Beat is an unforgettable portrait of a marriage whose glamorous surface belies the complications and betrayals beneath.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Madeleine Maby

Length:

9h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

09:38


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

24:34


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

16:23


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

11:34


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:00


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

23:07


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

06:09


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:11


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

12:27


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

15:39


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

21:33


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

10:14


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

03:55


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

39:33


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

15:18


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

13:35


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

17:47


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

07:53


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

10:23


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

11:49


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

17:55


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

15:47


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

27:34


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

17:58


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

07:59


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

18:53


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

06:42


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

23:08


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

21:00


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

11:29


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

08:16


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

13:03


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

07:05


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

12:41


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

10:31


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

05:51


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

10:12


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

10:03


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

14:01


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

07:37


Part 2, Chapter 41
Part 2, Chapter 41

00:42