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From the USA Today bestselling author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey comes a wonderfully entertaining book about what to do when life comes at you full swing.  
At forty-one, Vivian Armstrong Gray's life as an investigative journalist is crumbling. Humiliated after taking a bullet in her backside during an expos?, Vivi learns that she's pregnant, jobless, and very hormonal. This explains why she says 'yes' to a ...
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Overview


From the USA Today bestselling author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey comes a wonderfully entertaining book about what to do when life comes at you full swing.  
At forty-one, Vivian Armstrong Gray's life as an investigative journalist is crumbling. Humiliated after taking a bullet in her backside during an exposé, Vivi learns that she's pregnant, jobless, and very hormonal. This explains why she says 'yes' to a dreadful job covering suburban living back home in Georgia, a column she must write incognito.

Down South, it's her sister's ballroom dance studio that becomes her undercover spot where she learns about the local life-and where unexpected friendships develop. As she digs up her long buried roots, she starts to wonder if life inside the picket fence is really so bad after all.

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Publishers Weekly
Life in Atlanta’s suburbs becomes a hot topic for a mom-to-be who knows more about news than diapers in Wax’s bittersweet potboiler. After investigative TV reporter Vivien Armstrong Gray gets shot in the butt while chasing a story, she becomes an overnight sensation, but that doesn’t keep the newsroom from adding attractive new talent to her department. Seeing the writing on the wall, Vivien quits, but soon learns that finding a job isn’t so easy for a newly pregnant 41-year old. She relocates to suburban Atlanta and lands a column writing about suburbia from an outsider perspective. She finds plenty of fodder in her family, but her questions about the death of her sister’s husband may have serious consequences. Vivien’s an easy protagonist to love; she’s plucky, resourceful, and witty—the perfect outsider’s guide to the SUV and bake sale zoo. (Mar.)
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"An honest, realistic story of family, love, and priorities with genuine characters." —-Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232354
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 175,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Wax

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyThe House on Mermaid Point, and Ocean Beach. The mother of two college-age sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest.
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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Can you go home again?

    Vivien Armstrong Gray has reached a certain decade in broadcast journalism that can be a little difficult to breach. As one of her investigative pieces winds up more popular on You Tube and her body is becoming a hormonal mess, Vivi heads home to Georgia. This suburban life of her sister Melanie is very foreign to Vivi, but the sisters adult relationship eventually begins to flourish. Many of the nuances of any Southern novel are here, but Wax does a gentle job with her characters and they are not typecast. It's always nice to read chick-lit of women of a more realistic age and place in life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    The Secrets Behind Real Dancing!

    Are you fantasizing that you're on the hit show, "Dancing With The Stars?" What is it about dancing that is so very, very satisfying that it seems like one's soul is flying free, with all the cares and concerns of the world gone for a brief, luscious time? What's it like when one gets to know real people in a real dance studio? What's happening in between the glamorous, exciting, vibrant moments? How can dance transform one's life?

    Shot twice - once literally in the butt and then again figuratively by her boss, Vivien Gray is unemployed, with a bruised rear end and a very bruised ego! Unable to obtain another journalistic job as an investigative reporter and finding herself in another precarious state in her lower end of middle age state, Vivien comes up with a unique idea and travels to her sister, Melanie's home in Georgia to find out what the scoop really is about suburban lives. The discoveries and surprises are stereotypical and yet Wendy Wax has a delightful manner of presenting them so that it seems like one is reading about these facts and interpretations for the first time, with quite a bit of humor and playfulness added. How, for example can you tell the status of someone driving an SUV of a certain make and year, after considering all of the stickers all over the bumpers and windows?

    The essence of this very readable story, though, is about people changing and evolving, growing apart and then growing closer, speaking one's mind honestly and dealing with the consequences, all in all making pivotal choices and running with the results. So Vivien has to deal with the sense of estrangement she senses in her niece and nephew, as well as the unacknowledged feelings her own sister is harboring against Vivien. Then there's Mom who's never quite satisfied with anything said, done and probably even thought by her daughters or a boyfriend who's never stuck around long enough to establish some depth in a relationship. There's Melanie's friend Ruth whose confidence grows enough to make an incredible challenge to her spouse of many years. On and on we read, moving deeper into the personalities, the talents and quirks of these very human people who are forced to struggle through their crises or forever be stymied by them.

    Wendy Wax knows how to spin a credible, humorous, poignant and provocative story with some incredible issues behind it - all in a style that is surprising, credible and in a very real sense, life-changing.

    Superbly written, Wendy Wax!!! More please!!!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 21, 2010

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Fun Read

    I think this was a great book and look forward to reading more by the author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Enjoyable Read

    This was a nice, fairly predictable, realistic look at the life of two sisters and
    the friends around them. The sisters appear to be polar opposites until
    their characters are revealed and peeled back to show we are essentially all the
    same and long for the same things in life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Magnolia Wednesdays

    Magnolia Wednesdays is a funny, yet poignant, novel that will take the reader into the wilds of Suburbia Atlanta. Kind of a fish out of water tale. As the story progresses and various pieces of information come to light, you see the relationships between ViVi and her sister grow. It is heartwarming to watch and I enjoyed reading all about Vivi and her exploits in the suburbs. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Love Wendy Wax!

    Another book of hers I didn't want to end. I just started reading her books within the past few months & this is the 4th one & I am never disappointed.

    She is so good about keeping her readers interested in each & every one of her charactets. It's as if we've known them all our lives & continue wondering about them long after reading her books.

    I hope she writes many more. Keep up the good work!!

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    This was my first Wendy Wax book. I thoroughly enjoyed the chara

    This was my first Wendy Wax book. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story line. It was a quick read.  I am looking forward to reading more by Wendy Wax, especially While We Were Watching Downton Abbey!

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Great story about family ties, secrets, and why people do the silly things in life that they do

    I really like this book because the main charecter really learns a lesson about life and living and walking in another persons shoes. She learns how to show care and concern for more than just herself and her own ambitions. I really like the main charecter because she tells it like it is and I can identify with that. Read the book people! You wont be able to put it down. :)

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