Meet Grace, who is actually excited about turning 40 in a few months, that is, until her job, marriage, and personal life take a dizzying downhill spiral. Can she recover from the most devastating time in her life, right before it's supposed to be one of the best? Fans of Emily Giffin will love Susie Orman Schnall's debut, which is all about rediscovering yourselfwith gracewell after you think it's even possible anymore. On Grace deals with themes such as divorce, infidelity, re-entering the workforce after children, breast cancer, and of course, turning 40. This novel is sure to hit a chord with many women readers.
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About the Author
Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young
Type: Book boys. On Grace is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Grace is about to turn 40 and is feeling the effects of the big birthday. She is trying to find herself and her new role as her children are leaving for their first years in school and don't necessary need her as much anymore. I loved having a different age character trying to find her place in this new set of circumstances. Although this book deals with some hard topics, I think the author did a fantastic job of keeping it authentic and real, but not too much of a downer! I fell in love with this character and it was easy to want to follow her journey through it all. The minor characters were full and just as enjoyable as Grace; which I think is key when they have such an impact on the journey of the main character.
I instantly connected with Grace. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy On Grace. I felt an instant connection to Grace, and I found myself engrossed in her story. Grace is an almost 40 stay-at-home mom who just had a bombshell–well, quite a few bombshells–dropped on her, destroying her seemingly perfect life. Grace is a fantastic character. She worries, a lot. She plans, organizes, worries, and tries her best. At the beginning of the book, Grace recalls a memory of lamenting a long introduction period to preschool. I totally related to that in so many ways. It made me smile and had me hooked. Later in the book, Grace comments on her nightly routine of checking on her boys, not to see them quiet, but to see that they are okay, peaceful, and safe. I check on my kids every night for the same reasons. That resonated with me and deepened my connection to this main character. Although I haven’t shared all of her experiences (the main bombshell), I do share a lot of her thoughts and feelings. One thing that I could not relate to–nor do I quite comprehend–is how she managed to cooked breakfast for her kids before the bus picked them up for school. What time did they get up so that she could make homemade chocolate chip pancakes, or egg-in-the-holes, or whatever other breakfast she came up with???? I don’t think I could do that! I also shared feelings and empathy for the other characters in On Grace. It all worked. It all connected. It all resonated. This was a great read that I may revisit in the future. Would I recommend it: Yes. It was a very relatable women’s fiction read. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Almost forty, Grace May, is a mom of two boys and wife of a successful man. Then her whole world is shake. With her boys finally in school all day, she finds a job she cannot wait to start, until she loses the job before it begins. Then she gets more horrible news. Grace struggles to get her life back on track and make herself happy again. My Review: This was a easy read. I could relate easily to the stresses in Grace's life. Being a mother and wife brings on everyday adventures but add on the extras in Grace's world and I am amazed she truly did lot crack under the pressure. Whenever a person looks at herself it is easier to be critical of what you see rather than celebrate what you are. I loved that at her birthday party her friends managed to tell her exactly why they are friends and how amazing Grace is. Her resolution to become herself again was amazing. I was excited that she grew throughout the story and was able to recognize that she was important and needed but that she had to be herself. On Grace is a story of warmth and humor. More importantly it is a story of a mom being more than just a mom; a wife being more than just a wife. It is a story of true friendships. I feel like anyone who reads this will sit back and have an ah ha moment and realize they can learn something. Whether they learn how to be a better friend, wife, or just a better self; they will learn something. I certainly recommend this book. This is a book I will keep close by. A book I will return to over and over.
I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and gentle humor of "On Grace". Schnall writes with a complete abandonment of fear here, and she puts that same biting bravery into Grace. Both a story about starting over and the violent uprooting of the life she already leads, On Grace will appeal to those women of all ages (but especially those facing a big birthday!) who find themselves wondering "Who am I, and how exactly did I get here?" Grace is an imperfect woman with a less than perfect life, but readers will find themselves drawn into her authenticity and grit. In addition, On Grace is a great reflection on what it means to have "grace" as a mother, a friend, an employee, a wife and a woman not always at home in her own skin. As a person who can always use more grace in her own life, I find myself very much looking forward to Schnall's next novel.