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Molly Ringwald's new book gets 'totally awesome' review from '80s fan



picture-8.jpgDon't you love how Molly Ringwald is back in the spotlight, enjoying the adoration of '80s fans? She's out there front and center these days with a new book, which is getting good reviews, at least from fans of our beloved decade. (Even her Pretty in Pink co-star Andrew McCarthy tweeted the other day that he had picked up a copy of his own.)

Gayle Weiswasser, a longtime friend here at Stuck in the '80s, just penned her own review of Molly's book, When It Happens to You. Here are some excerpts: 

I gave Ringwald’s book When it Happens to You a try on vacation this week, and I was blown away. It’s excellent. It’s a collection of interrelated stories – “a novel in stories”, says the cover – that deal with marriage, betrayal, motherhood, infertility, and modern life in L.A. Damn if Ringwald isn’t an extremely talented writer.

The main characters are Greta and Philip, spouses facing the breakdown of their marriage upon the discovery of Philip’s infidelity. The other characters radiate out from these two – the parent of one of Greta and Philip’s daughter’s classmates; Greta’s mother; Philip’s brother; Greta’s next door neighbor. Events are sometimes told from more than one perspective from chapter to chapter, helping this book avoid the fragmentation and disorientation that often plagues story collections. Ringwald understands relationships, particularly marriages, and her characters are flawed, totally realistic, and utterly compelling.

Click here to read Gayle's full review. And if you're ready to pull the trigger and buy it, here's a link to it on

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:31pm]


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