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The Fixed Stars

By: Molly Wizenberg
Narrated by: Erin Mallon
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Publisher's Summary

At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irredeemably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we'd like to believe. 

Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we're "born this way". Suddenly, she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? 

The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit and learning instead who we really are.

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Narration is so bad

Ummm, is this a joke? I love Molly W and everything she has ever done. This narrator reads her work like a robot and with this weird affectation. I had to stop listening so it wouldn’t be ruined for me. Going to read the book myself. So sad that Molly hasn’t narrated this herself. I can tell I’m going to love the print version, but had to stop the audio version.

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To be seen

I feel seen with this book. It is so comforting to know I am not the only one going through this, and Molly does an excellent job telling her story without making anyone the enemy. It's just life.

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Wonderful story and great narration!

I know some people were out off by the narrator, but I thought it was wonderful. For whatever reason, Molly didn’t narrate this book, but this narrator was the next best I thought. If you listen to Molly’s Spilled Milk podcast, you will find that this narrator really captures Molly’s voice. This story is heartfelt just like her other books, but takes it to a more personal level. Loved it. Thank you sharing this journey with us. ❤️🌈

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Being Human

Molly Wizenberg gently and beautifully steers us through the trials and tribulations of being human and not fitting the mold. What are sexuality and gender? A great book to help seekers find their way. I was impressed by Molly's telling of a very difficult subject. The protagonist Molly though questioning, confused, and at times self-deprecating is highly evolved. I was moved to tears and made to laugh out loud. This is worth the read or the listen. The narrator, Erin Mallon, was spot on.

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Honest, well written

I really enjoyed this book, and am grateful to people who share their stories, their hard truths, as it helps those of us on similar paths.

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Story is good narration is off-putting

I've been reading Molly Wizenberg's work for years and love her tone and content. There is so much sarcasm in the narrator's voice that it is really hard to listen to as I don't feel it matches the book or the way the author is intending for it to sound. I am left wondering if the author does not have the opportunity to pick or at least review the narrator before they do the book. This is a definite mismatch in my opinion and it is sad as it is really coloring my experience of the novel.

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couldn’t stop listening

this book only took me a few days to finish, i couldn’t stop listening! highly recommend.

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There are some good scenes and ideas here, but the protagonist is so self absorbed it is difficult to care about her.

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Are you kidding me??

I thought this was an astrology book based on Fixed Stars!!! Totally mislead! Ughhhh if you’re interested in this book for astrology DO NOT PURCHASE!!!

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Interesting story, well told, however...

Wizenberg is a good writer. She told her story well. I have to say I felt bad for her husband who caught this way out of left field.

I felt worse for the little girl. Her little nest was crushed, and when I got to the part about her being involved with the girlfriend’s cosmetic breast removal drains, I stepped off.

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  • 02-21-21

Enjoyable and Encouraging.

Great book, well paced and kept me interested. Important subject 'fluidity' - we need more books about it.

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  • 05-30-22

Hidden gem

I LOVED this book. I stumbled across it whilst looking for something really well crafted, engaging, contemporary… and this book has it all. Contrary to what the NYT once pronounced, this book demonstrates that there is well and truly a place for memoir.