Giveaway: When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

I’ve got a surprise giveaway for everyone, a signed copy of Molly Ringwald’s When It Happens to You, a novel in stories.  Here’s the skinny:

When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren’t facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be.

Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. Writing with a deep compassion for human imperfection, Ringwald follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life—revealing the deceptions, heartbreak, and vulnerability familiar to us all.

In “The Harvest Moon,” a stay-at-home mom grapples with age, infertility, and an increasingly distant husband. In “Ursa Minor,” a former children’s television star tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for “exhaustion.” An elderly woman mourns the loss of her husband and her estranged relationship with her daughter in “The Little One.” In “My Olivia,” a single mother finds untapped reserves of strength to protect her flamboyant six-year-old son who wishes only to wear dresses and be addressed as Olivia. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement.

As the lives of these characters converge and diverge in unexpected ways, Ringwald reveals a startling eye for the universality of loss, love, and the search for connection. An unflinching yet poignant examination of the intricacies of the human heart, When It Happens to You is an auspicious literary debut.

Enter by leaving a comment on this post by Nov. 20, 2012, at 11:59 PM EST. Giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents.


  1. Our book club read this one for November. I really enjoyed it and thought it generated a lot of discussion.

  2. Please enter me, as I’m really curious about this book. Looking forward to your thoughts on it, too.

  3. Oooohhh… I have this on my wish list! I’d love to win a copy!
    Lori L (she treads softly)´s last blog post ..The Hollow Man

  4. This sounds wonderful! I was told that I was getting a copy but I never got the copy so I am glad you are hosting a giveaway! Pick me! Pick me!
    Ti´s last blog post ..Review, Tour & Giveaway: Because You Have To

  5. I have heard great things about this book and can’t wait
    to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I have hard great things about this book and can’t wait
    to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I’ve heard so many great things about this book. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bermudaonion(Kathy)´s last blog post ..Review: Gone

  8. I’m glad to read that you liked this one. I bought it when it was offered for 3.99 @ Amazon! I love Molly and am excited that she’s successful with her writing!

  9. I love novels written in stories. It’s a fun and interesting way to write a novel. Also, I’m really curious that it is written by Molly Ringwald.