Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg

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Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common—nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron. When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other. Elizabeth Berg’s immense talent shines in this unforgettable novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.
 

About Elizabeth Berg

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Random House. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Eighteen-year-old Sadie spends most of the year in San Francisco with her mother Irene (neurotic, funny, lonely) and a few weeks a year with her architect father John in their native St. Paul.

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The prolific Berg delivers the goods in this perceptive novel about a divorced couple reunited when their daughter goes missing.

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In Berg's anemic new novel, John and Irene Marsh, though divorced for some time, remain adoring parents to daughter Sadie, who is about to start college.

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Examiner

Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg is a novel with an interesting first idea: what happens when a divorced couple, separated by anger and resentment and several states, suddenly wind up in the same space for an extended period of time?

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John lives in Minnesota while Irene and Sadie are in California, yet he is aware that their daughter is growing into adulthood.

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Rhoda and Samuel each have problems but together they could be successful..

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