Outside the Ordinary World

By Dori Ostermiller
(Mira Books, Paperback, 9780778328896, 374pp.)

Publication Date: July 27, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2010 Indie Notables
“In today's reality affairs are not that uncommon, so truthfully I wasn't expecting much from a story written about the subject. What makes this one so remarkable is the fact that the characters are complex, realistically flawed characters and their actions have real impact on those around them. This isn't a story about a woman having an affair; it is the story of how one decision impacts her life as well as the lives of her spouse, children, parents, siblings, and those of her lover. Outside the Ordinary World is brilliantly written with enough love and humor to enthrall without being sappy.”
-- Cathy Allard, BayShore Books LLC, Oconto, WI


Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn't become her mother. But one August morning she finds herself walking the same path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine…into an affair she feels powerless to resist.

Against the backdrop of California brush fires in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Sylvia had agreed to hold a secret that would devour her family's dream of happiness. Now struggling to create a better life in small-town New England, Sylvia nonetheless feels caught in the coils of history: she confronts the embers of her dying marriage, the all-consuming needs of her two daughters and her faltering artistic career. Then Tai Rosen—the father of a student—ignites an unexpected passion and a familiar betrayal that could illuminate the past, even as it jeopardizes everything dear.

Outside the Ordinary World reveals what lies beneath the surface of infidelity. But at its heart, it is the story of the powerful, sometimes disturbing bond between mothers and daughters, and the shimmering line between self-revelation and self-destruction….

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