When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
A Novel in Stories

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The collection’s centerpiece is the title story, a stylistic departure written in the second person, a catalog of the way that “your” marriage will one day fall apart.
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Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut story collection 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. Now the star of ABC Family’s hit series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and author of the bestselling memoir Getting the Pretty Back, Ringwald brings that same compelling candor she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of linked stories about the particular challenges, joys, and disappointments of adult relationships.

Here are stories that grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent collection that will resonate broadly with readers—from fans of Melissa Banks to Meg Wolitzer to Lorrie Moore. 

 

About Molly Ringwald

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MOLLY RINGWALD began her film career at the age of thirteen with her Golden Globe nominated performance in The Tempest. Her extensive film credits include The Pick-Up Artist, For Keeps, Fresh Horses, Betsy's Wedding, Billy Bob Thornton's short film Some People Call It a Sling Blade, Jean-Luc Goddard's King Lear, and the now iconic coming-of-age movies Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. Molly has starred in the Broadway production of Cabaret, the Tony-nominated production of Enchanted April and can currently be seen starring in the breakout television hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, CA.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by It Books. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Dan Kois on Aug 23 2012

The collection’s centerpiece is the title story, a stylistic departure written in the second person, a catalog of the way that “your” marriage will one day fall apart.

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Reviewed by Corinne Jones on Aug 25 2012

...it is Ringwald's candid rendering of Phillip and Greta as a hyper-ordinary couple that lends the novel a poignant universality.

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