Good in a Crisis by Margaret Overton
A Memoir

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During the four years of physician Margaret Overton's acrimonious divorce, she dated widely and indiscriminately, determined to find her soul mate and live happily ever after. But then she discovered she had a brain aneurysm. She discovered it at a particularly awkward moment on a date with one of many Mr. Wrongs.

Good in a Crisis is Overton's laugh-out-loud funny story of dealing with the most serious of life's problems: loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence. It's about spirituality, self-delusion, even sheer stupidity. It's written from a physician's perspective, but it's not about medicine, per se; it's about coming of age in adulthood, an effort to help others through the awful events that can cluster in midlife. She does this with laughter and the recognition that you may come out the other end, as Overton did, definitely humbled... and only slightly smarter.

About Margaret Overton

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Margaret Overton is an anesthesiologist with an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Chicago, and Good in a Crisis is her first book.
Published February 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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What she found was a nightmare: If the men didn’t mention or reveal a “propensity to dump women after a month” or openly discuss problems with physical ailments including erectile dysfunction, they were freakishly quirky—and sometimes downright dangerous—obsessives who believed that gifts from Vi...

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Good in a Crisis, rather than being an autobiography of Overton’s whole life, is a memoir that concentrates on her life after her divorce.

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The Roanoke Times

Date after strange date, Margaret patiently waits for her next husband to appear.

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This masterfully written memoir should be required reading for lots of people: anyone thinking about getting married, anyone already married and thinking about getting divorced.

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California Literary Review

Eventually, however, we meet some of the more rude, manipulative — and, in one case, even criminal — men, and the eruption finally arrives, taking the form of a vitriolic passage about “every narcissistic monster” she’s ever known: And hadn’t I only known such men?

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