When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories (P.S.)

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Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut novel in stories from actress and author Molly Ringwald. A Hollywood icon, Ringwald defined the teenage experience in the eighties in such classic films as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Ringwald brings the compelling candour she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly, particularly with fans of Melissa Banks, Meg Wolitzer and Lorrie Moore.

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'[A] graceful and deft debut.'-- --Booklist

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU unfurls like a ripped-up tapestry of lost souls, a puzzle-like pictorial to be woven together by the reader as the denizens of the eight separate stories collapse in and out of each other's lives --Observer

Ringwald s writing is tight and funny, cut through with everyday sadness ... [Our] comparisons would be to Miranda July and Jennifer Egan ... This is a collection that revels in the ordinary and the feelings that are common to all of us ... an intelligent and thoughtfully written book --Emerald Street

'Ringwald writes movingly about loss, eloquently delineating the problems that all people face in a novel which, though fragmented, maintains real pace. This is a slim volume with a long reach.' --Express

'Ringwald writes with the deceptively simple understanding of a kind, worldly-wise older sibling; something that lends a strange intimacy to the stories... At her best, [she] exposes the ordinary by chipping off its varnish. Which is, in the end, what makes it sparkle.' --Times

'This one time Hollywood A-lister can't just act, she can also write. This is an engaging, surprisingly competent and convincing collection of linked short stories exploring life and love.' --Daily Mirror

'A deft exploration of the human capacity to rediscover oneself when faced with betrayal'

'With her assured and deftly wrought novel-in-stories ... Ringwald plays out the all-too-familiar tragedies of adult life. [Her] stories ring with authenticity, voices so true and honest that we imagine she s been eavesdropping on our conversations. Once again she connects us' -- Vanity Fair

'Molly Ringwald understands how families work and uses her considerable talents to make them come alive on the page' -- GARY SHTEYNGART, AUTHOR OF SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

'Actress Molly Ringwald displays true literary talent in this collections of linked stories exploring infertility, infidelity, estrangement and divorce ... [Her] craft and keen insights make her debut shine.'--PEOPLE

'Most people who buy Ringwald s fiction debut will probably do so because they grew up watching her movies, but if they actually read the book they should forget she wrote it on the first page ... [a] collection of empathetic, closely observed tales' -- BOSTON GLOBE

'One of 2012 s most dazzling debut novels ... [her] stories echo Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel and Lorrie Moore' -- A. M. HOMES, AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, SALON

'Ringwald weaves an emotional narrative that avoids getting bogged down in melodrama. With an economy of language, she keeps the story moving, taking readers inside characters heads without leaving them there too long. Ringwald s storytelling succeeds as much on the page as her acting has done on screen. I look forward to her next literary performance' --WASHINGTON POST

--Express

The one time Hollywood A-lister can t just act, she can also write. This is an engaging, surprisingly competent and convincing collection of linked short stories, exploring life and love --Daily Mirror

'A deft exploration of the human capacity to rediscover oneself when faced with betrayal' --Express

About the Author:

Molly Ringwald lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles. This is her first work of fiction. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/IamMollyRingwald or follow her on twitter @mollyringwald

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