Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Leary

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2008

Duration: 8 hours 0 minutes


Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joes finally made it; hes the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, theyve got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love.

Or so Julia thinks until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joes phone, a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isnt just a friend. Suddenly Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joes messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. Julias search forces her to consider the possibility that in the long process of helping Joe become something, she has become a bit of a nothing, as her daughter once described her to her class on career day. A big husband-stalking nothing.

When Julia and Joe first met, she was an edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting associations.

Now, faced with the looming awards show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine of Botox, hair extensions, and erotically charged shrink sessions while dodging the sancti-mommies who lie in wait for her at her sons preschool each day.

A unique take on the perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Genemvia

    It took a rather long time for the author to get down to the meat of the marriage conflict. I found myself wondering whether she would ever get around to revealing something substantial about the relationship between the husband and wife. That took too long. I found some of the peripheral information surrounding the main character's other relationships uninteresting and unnecessary. I do not think I would recommend this book.