Good in a Crisis: A Memoir of Divorce, Dating, and Other Near-Death Experiencesby Margaret Overton
Good in a Crisis is Overton's laugh-out-loud story about the impossibility of a quick recovery after the end of a long marriage. It chronicles her harrowing search for Mr. Right; a brain aneurysm; the deaths of close friends; and the realities of midlifeincluding some particularly awkward moments that take place as she tries to find her footing in the/i>
Good in a Crisis is Overton's laugh-out-loud story about the impossibility of a quick recovery after the end of a long marriage. It chronicles her harrowing search for Mr. Right; a brain aneurysm; the deaths of close friends; and the realities of midlifeincluding some particularly awkward moments that take place as she tries to find her footing in the new middle age. It's an inspirational tale about loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence; about spirituality, self-delusion, and 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, and making an effort to help others through the awful events that can cluster in midlife. An unforgettable memoir, Good in a Crisis will make you laugh and cry, and leave you, as Overton was, a lot more humble and just a little wiser.
"'Men might find you attractive, but only until they find out how smart you are.’ This unhusbandly remark will resonate with a great many women who’ve felt it even if they haven’t heard it in so many words. It’s typical of the fierce candor Margaret Overton summons – along with an intact sense of humor and a doctor’s eye for detail – to tell the story of how she survived a perfect storm of disasters and ended up stronger, wiser and ready for a kinder future."—Rosellen Brown
"Good in a Crisis is a riotous romp through the messy, confusing, wonderful labyrinth of life. If you don’t laugh, cry, sing, and shout while reading this book, call the coroner because you’re already dead. Oh, and I’m nominating Overton for sainthood. She earned it." —Larry Dossey, M.D., author, The Power of Premonitions; executive editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
"What a story. Margaret Overton's Good in A Crisis is one harrowing episode after another. But as this grief-stricken anesthesiologist recounts her pain--of divorce, of illness, of bad dates and worse--she keeps tapping us right in the funny bone. The effect is quite moving and startling."—James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street
"Margaret Overton is a truly funny, nervy, and insightful writer. Despite her personal losses, she and her wonderful memoir are both winners. I love Good in a Crisis! "—Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man "[A] smart and clear-eyed narrative of one woman’s midlife divorce…. Overton managed to overcome her many trials as she imparts with humor and some high-handed poise."—Publishers Weekly
"[A] grimly hilarious journey…. brutally funny reading about midlife coming-of-age."—Kirkus Reviews
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Meet the Author
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.
Visit her Web site at margaretoverton.com.
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