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Sweet Ruin

Cathi Hanauer

Since editing the New York Times bestseller The Bitch in the House, Cathi Hanauer has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the contemporary married woman. Now, in Sweet Ruin, she gives us a story of marital crisis and sexual tension featuring a character close to her heart-and recognizable to us all. Thirty-seven-year-old Elayna Leopold used to be a New York magazine editor, until she and her young family moved to suburban New Jersey. Two years ago, the death of an infant son sent her into a deep depression-a darkness that begins to lift in the company of a handsome, unattached neighbor. As she fights yearnings that could destroy everything that gives her life shape, a threat to her young daughter's welfare emerges from an unlikely source, throwing Elayna's questionable morality into stark relief-and forcing her to make choices she never dreamed she would have to make. Smart and gripping, Elayna's story raises heartrendering questions about the challenges of ordinary life-marriage, career, independence, and sexuality-that have no easy answers. Sweet Ruin is a triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom.

Since editing the New York Times bestseller The Bitch in the House, Cathi Hanauer has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the contemporary married woman. Now, in Sweet Ruin, she gives us a story of marital crisis and sexual tension featuring a character close to her heart-and recognizable to us all. Thirty-seven-year-old Elayna Leopold used to be a New York magazine editor, until she and her young family moved to suburban New Jersey. Two years ago, the death of an infant son sent her into a deep depression-a darkness that begins to lift in the company of a handsome, unattached neighbor. As she fights yearnings that could destroy everything that gives her life shape, a threat to her young daughter's welfare emerges from an unlikely source, throwing Elayna's questionable morality into stark relief-and forcing her to make choices she never dreamed she would have to make. Smart and gripping, Elayna's story raises heartrendering questions about the challenges of ordinary life-marriage, career, independence, and sexuality-that have no easy answers. Sweet Ruin is a triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom.
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Since editing the New York Times bestseller The Bitch in the House, Cathi Hanauer has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the contemporary married woman. Now, in Sweet Ruin, she gives us a story of marital crisis and sexual tension featuring a character close to her heart-and recognizable to us all. Thirty-seven-year-old Elayna Leopold used to be a New York magazine editor, until she and her young family moved to suburban New Jersey. Two years ago, the death of an infant son sent her into a deep depression-a darkness that begins to lift in the company of a handsome, unattached neighbor. As she fights yearnings that could destroy everything that gives her life shape, a threat to her young daughter's welfare emerges from an unlikely source, throwing Elayna's questionable morality into stark relief-and forcing her to make choices she never dreamed she would have to make. Smart and gripping, Elayna's story raises heartrendering questions about the challenges of ordinary life-marriage, career, independence, and sexuality-that have no easy answers. Sweet Ruin is a triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ellen Archer

Length:

11h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:26


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:30


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

39:00


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

26:30


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

47:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

16:01


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

31:30


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

11:53


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

15:49


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

15:41


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

32:30


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

14:24


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:57


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

18:57


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:39


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

15:44


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

14:06


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

26:00


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

27:18


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

20:33


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

14:28


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

26:01


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

20:47


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

31:04


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

20:54


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

29:50


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

38:09


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

12:57


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

16:14


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

27:00


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

13:51


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

21:40


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

00:22