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When It Happens To You

Tales of love, loss, and betrayal

Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories.

In "The Harvest Moon," a stay-at-home mom grapples with infertility and an increasingly distant husband. In "Ursa Minor," a former children's television star tries to rebuild his life. 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 called Olivia. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement.

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU is absolutely lovely, a smart, emotionally sophisticated, intricately dovetailed novel of stories. World, I’m telling you now: Molly Ringwald is the real deal.
— Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES
Ringwald’s stories ring with authenticity, voices so true and honest that we imagine she’s been eavesdropping on our conversations. Once again she connects us.
— Vanity Fair
[A] graceful and deft debut.
— Booklist
A cleverly executed rendition of love on the rocks in LA.
— The Guardian
These stories sizzle with rare insight about the reverberations of betrayal and of love. Ringwald wisely never judges her characters, but lets them live out their complexities on the page, flawed and endearing, recognizable and also new.
— Robin Black, author of IF I LOVED YOU, I WOULD TELL YOU THIS
Molly Ringwald’s eight electric stories are alive with Joycean insight-piercing, epiphanic moments of terror, humor, and transcendence. Together they offer a deeply moving portrait of modern life.
— Eleanor Henderson, author of TEN THOUSAND SAINTS