Giving Up On Ordinary

Isla Dewar

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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“Isla is the best, the funniest, the cleverest, the most enjoyable writer in Scotland today. . . . you would enrich your life beyond all measure by discovering Isla Dewar.” ---Robin Pilcher, New York Times bestselling author

In this funny and charming novel, Megs is a woman whose ordinary life is about to become absolutely extraordinary. . . .   
When Megs became a house cleaner to make ends meet as a single mother of three, she didn’t realize that people would be so blinded by the cleansers and mops, they would fail to see her as an actual human being. As “the housekeeper” she’s become invisible to them all. Little do these upper-crust clients realize that her life is just as full as theirs, although perhaps a bit less high end.
Megs sings the sultry blues at a club each weekend, begins a secret affair, and drinks her troubles away with her saucy best friend, Lorraine---all while trying to keep her children happy and her head above water. But with help from an eccentric professor whose house she cleans, her life is about to get a shot in the arm. Megs begins to speak her mind, stand up for herself, and live her life in color.
Poignant and incredibly witty, Giving Up On Ordinary is a heartwarming story with laughter and surprises on every page.  Following in the incredible footsteps of Maeve Binchy and Joanna Trollope, Isla Dewar has established herself as one of the greatest voices in women’s fiction today.

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GIVING UP ON ORDINARY
Chapter One'I belong on a train,' said Megs. Dreaming of movement, she shut her eyes, sank deep into her bath. It was the best bit of her day. Her life had become so routine that week to week, day to day - minute to minute almost - she knew what she'd be doing. There was, these days, a strict timetable to her existence: get up, get children up, feed children, feed dog, clatter, bang, wipe, sigh, go to work, come home from work, feed children, feed dog, clatter, bang, wipe, sigh, slump, go back to bed. Sleep. If you can.It was a fight against grubbiness and clutter.

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"Isla Dewar writes with heartbreaking honesty and genuine compassion... Dewar's Megs is a survivor who had me rooting for her from page one."-Carrie Karasyov, author of THE INFIDELITY PACT on Giving Up On Ordinary
“Isla Dewar is a warm-hearted and gifted storyteller.  GIVING UP ON ORDINARY will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with her characters.”-Catherine Ryan Hyde, bestselling author of PAY IT FORWARD, CHASING WINDMILLS and LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSEon Giving Up On Ordinary
"Dewar's gift is to pull you into the minutiae of people's lives...few writers are so good at making the reader empathize." --Scotland on Sunday on Giving Up On Ordinary
"Crackling with wit, and shot through with sharp observations." --Woman & Home on Giving Up On Ordinary
“Dewar is an accessible storyteller with a wry sense of the comic.” ---Kirkus Reviews
“Move over Maeve Binchy: there’s a new writer on the block.” ---The Roanoke Times
“Dewar’s funny, tragic, warm-hearted, life-af?rming story is guaranteed to hold readers spellbound. Superb women’s fiction.” ---Booklist (starred review) on Dancing in a Distant Place
“Fans of Maeve Binchy may enjoy Dewar’s perceptive omniscient guidance through the cozy Scottish world of these likeable, flawed characters.” ---Publishers Weekly on Dancing in a Distant Place
“A fabulous family drama.” ---The Midwest Book Review on Dancing in a Distant Place
“Explosively funny.” ---Scotland on Sunday on Giving Up On Ordinary
“Crackling with wit, and shot through with sharp observations.” ---Woman & Home on Giving Up On Ordinary
“A warm, witty slice of modern life . . . readers will find plenty to laugh about, cry over, and enjoy in Dewar’s elegantly written family saga.”---Booklist on Secrets of a Family Album

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About the Author

Isla Dewar

Isla Dewar was born in Edinburgh. Her novels have been warmly acclaimed in the United Kingdom. She lives in Scotland with her husband, a cartoonist; they have two sons.

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Giving Up On Ordinary
Isla Dewar

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312561611
ISBN10: 031256161X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466818644
ISBN10: 1466818646
320 pages
$7.99
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