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by Elizabeth Berg

What do you do when your life isn't living up to your dreams? When the man you love is unavailable, and yet you long for a family, a home? What is the cost of compromising until the real thing comes along?      Reading Elizabeth Berg is like having a friend sit down and talk with you about the deepest truths and most perplexing issues in life, and in this exquisite new novel the bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon once again gives us superb fiction about a passionate woman who solves life's problems in a way that is far from traditional, but close to the wise dictums of the heart.        Patty Ann Murphy says she's "Ms. Runner-Up" in life. Rarely the bridesmaid, never mind the bride, Patty sells houses for a living (well, she's sold one house so far), longs to be married and have a family, but is irresistibly drawn to the wrong man. Ethan seems perfect for Patty--handsome, generous, and sensitive--but he's hopelessly unavailable. Patty's frustration leads her to feelings she doesn't admire--jealousy of her beautiful best friend, Elaine, for instance, about whom she says, "Find me one woman who doesn't withhold just a bit from another woman who looks like that." She's also worried about her mother, with whom she's very close but who is beginning to act strangely. Patty longs more and more for the consolation of loving and being loved, but for the moment feels she must content herself with waiting--until she can wait no more.    Andre Dubus said about Elizabeth Berg's Durable Goods, "Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems." And the same will be said about Until the Real Thing Comes Along.
Download Until the Real Thing Comes Along: epub
ISBN: 0679457224
ISBN13: 978-0679457220
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Language: English
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (July 1, 1999)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1135 kb
FB2 size: 1166 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 456
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I gave this book two stars because I felt generous. When I got close to the last page, I thought "Will it never end?" I was very tempted to just chuck it, but still hoping it might get better, I pressed on. No luck-- it didn't get any better. This book is about Patty Ann Murphy, a woman who feels like a "runner-up in life"-- always coming in second. Well, no wonder. She sets herself up for failure--- she loves the wrong man, but instead of admitting it and moving on, she seems to relish the unhappiness she feels because Ethan is unavailable. This woman is a glutton for punishment. She hashes and re-hashes her feelings toward him-- I got the impression she was enjoying her misery. Then there is the baby thing--- we all love babies- or most of us do. But her fixation is almost to the point of unhealthy obsession-- and so we have pages and pages of baby discriptions. The writing is overly dramatic-- everything is phrased as if it is great drama, instead of a story where not much happens to a woman who sells real estate except she gets pregnant, then acts as if no one had ever done it before. Not a good read.
Patty Murphy is a thirty-six year old real estate agent who goes home to an empty apartment and listens to her biological clock tick. Patty wants a husband and a baby, but the problem is she has only loved one man since sixth grade, her best friend Ethan---and he is undeniably gay. UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG is a funny, yet poignant story of how Patty and Ethan try to have it all, but beyond that, it is an examination of the search for love and true intimacy. Berg has given us a very funny, engaging and compelling novel with characters whose humaity touches the reader. This is a highly enjoyable novel---don't miss it!
UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG is about Patty Murphy and her need to have a baby. It seems to be her yearning in this point of her life, but there is something missing: a husband. She doesn't lack for suitors. In fact, she starts dating Mark, a very eligible bachelor who meets her via a blind date set up by her best friend and ex fiance Ethan (who also happens to be gay). She tries to like Mark. And she does! But there is something missing - he's not Ethan.
Half way through the book Patty and Ethan decide that it is time for them to have a baby. Patty is ecstatic! But life never goes the way one plans, and through this experience she learns how to accept life for what it gives her.
Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. If you like well developed, comfortable reads, you should give her a try. Very insightful and right on every time she writes. Thank you to this author!
Some of these reviews remind me of those of Tom Wolfe's *A Man in Full*. Just as *Bonfire of the Vanities* was impossible to follow in such a way as to make everyone (including idiots) happy, Elizabeth Berg has become a victim of her own genius. Her novels are so beautiful and so accessible that when she shows the range of her talent and builds on her previous work (instead of simpy imitating it), the result is bound to confound lesser readers. Berg's novels compare favorably with the best written in the last twenty years by or for men or women, and this is one of her best.
This book was awesome. My favorite by her so far--I'm reading ALL of her books in order of date of publication. So far, I've loved them all. I just love how she writes, and this one is a MUST read!
I love Elizabeth Berg and I bought this for reading on vacation. As far as Elizabeth Berg's work goes, it's my least favorite of her stories. I couldn't put it down while I was reading, but I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending.
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Berg, and I enjoyed this book very much. Warning, though, it's not the "typical" happy ending, but it is right for this book.