Judith Soo Jin Raphael’s childhood was shaped by her hardworking immigrant mother, her father who left them, and her struggles to fit in as a half-Korean, half-Jewish kid in a tough urban neighborhood. But music lessons gave her a purpose and passion. Now, as Judith’s fiftieth birthday nears, she has rewarding work as a cellist with the Maryland Philharmonic, an enthusiastic if uncommitted lover, and a quirky but close relationship with her mother.
Then chaos strikes: Judith’s first love, who dumped her decades ago, returns to dazzle her with his golden pedigree and brilliant career. Her long-absent father arrives out of the blue with a snazzy car and a con man’s patter, turning her mother into a love-struck flirt whom Judith barely recognizes. All this while her mentor at the orchestra falls seriously ill. No wonder Judith develops a paralyzing case of stage fright.
Judith finds herself feeling—and sometimes acting—slightly unhinged, but she’s convinced that happiness will arrive any day now. She’s just got to hold on tight during this midlife shake-up...and claim the prize that life surely has in store for her.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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“Devens tackles meaty topics touching many women’s lives.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Happy Any Day Now
“Judith Raphael is half-Korean and half-Jewish, and full on fabulous! Toby Devens’ novel is warm, witty, and wonderful.”—Wendy Wax, author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
“Judith Soo Jin Raphael is unique and also completely like your best friend…Such fun!”—Nancy Thayer, author of Summer Breeze
“Great dialogue and three-dimensional characters…”—Cathy Holton, author of Beach Trip
“Charm, insight, and smart, sardonic humor.”—Liza Gyllenhaal, author of A Place for Us
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had the pleasure of picking up this wonderful book at my local Barnes and Nobel at a great price, and I'm glad I chose it. This novel gives you insight into the characters interesting cultural background, along with keeping the reader engaged in all the different happenings in her life! For me personally, the main character was easily relatable, with her unique personality and relationships with others! I highly recommend.
I had not had the pleasure of reading any work by Toby Devens until now. I just finished reading Happy Any Day Now. What a wonderful story! I really enjoyed this very fun but yet touching story. I think a lot of us have always wondered "WHAT IF" things had happened different in our past. Judith Soo Jin Raphael's gets an interesting chance to explore how things might have been if life would have taken a different turn. Judith is planning to celebrate her 50th birthday with family and friends. She has a nice boyfriend that she has plenty of chemistry with. She has a mother that she adores but yet worries about a lot. She has great friends that have her back no matter what. Then her ex-boyfriend appears wanting another chance. To add a little more tension to her life Judith's long last father also appears back in the picture. With all these things going on she is also experiencing the loss of her mentor. Wow this girl has a lot happening all at once in her life and it's a tremendously interesting story to read. There is a lot of laughter and some emotional scene's that really touched my heart. She has a lot of decisions to make which adds a lot of dramatic moments. Judith has a choice between her current boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend Charlie. Charlie is now a busy judge who has some major family issues of his own. I loved Judith's boyfriend Geoff Birdsall, he is a sweet guy with a whole lot of patients. I enjoyed the nice bond with Judith's family. I also really enjoyed Judith's mother and her little tips on life for Judith. She has a lot of little ways of trying to lead Judith in the right direction. On the whole I truly enjoyed this wonderful story and found Toby Devens to have a nice writing style. I know I certainly would be open to reading more of her work. If you enjoy a little laughter with some good life lessons I think you will enjoy this book. I know I sure did. I was given the opportunity to read this book so I may share my thoughts. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.