Skipping A Beat

Skipping A Beat

A Novel

Paperback - 2011 | 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed.
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From the author of the acclaimed The Opposite of Me , a poignant, witty novel about marriage, forgiveness, and the choices that give shape--and limits--to our lives.

What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite all of the rules of your relationship? This is the question at the heart of Skipping a Beat , Pekkanen's thought-provoking second book.

From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia - where they were simply Julie and Mike - they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million.

But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him - and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now facing with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored - but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement - or give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

As wry and engaging as her debut, but with quiet depth and newfound maturity, Skipping a Beat is an unforgettable portrait of a marriage whose glamorous surface belies the complications and betrayals beneath.

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781451609820
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 21 cm.


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ehbooklover Feb 21, 2012

An emotional and heartwarming story of two people who love each other but have lost sight of who they are as individuals and as a couple.

Feb 11, 2012

I found this a fascinating read and it kept me not wanting to put the book down. It sadly is part of our world at the moment, where money speaks more than anything else.
But a very, very interesting moral read which will draw on your heartstrings.

Apr 11, 2011

It's hard to find sympathy for a woman who spends the entire novel trying to choose between money and love.

debwalker Apr 07, 2011

"When Julia's husband, Michael, suffers cardiac arrest during a business presentation, she's immersed in her life as a party planner and wife to a multimillionaire. Michael recovers, but he isn't the same. Suddenly he wants to renounce the trappings of wealth and repair their empty marriage. This portrait of a couple forced to take responsibility for the breakdown of their relationship is at once heartbreaking and familiar."
People Magazine March 14, 2011


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Jan 24, 2012

Wow - what a book! Will definately get the mind thinking about marriage, love and family. No way of knowing how it starts or ends and what will happen! A must read.


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