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Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known

Grace Reinhart Sachs is the author of You Should Have Known, a book that cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

March 2014

It’s often said that the clues as to whether a relationship will work or not are known in the early days. The quirky “oh-so-charming” trait in a future mate that is endearing at the start of a relationship may harbor clues of something that will be annoying or devastating later. How many times do we say, “Did she/he not see it?”

In YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Grace Reinhart Sachs is a therapist who feels she knows all about relationships and why they fail, and has written a book of her own: You Should Have Known: Why Women Fail to Hear What the Men in Their Lives Are Telling Them. Just as she is prepping for a round of pre-release media for the book, she learns that her own marriage is not what it seems. What then is Grace to do? This is the Grace who has grown up in New York and is still living in the apartment that her parents once owned and whose son attends the same tony private school that she once did. As the title of Janet Maslin’s New York Times review of YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN says so well, “Above It All Until Her World Turns Upside Down.”

Week of September 29, 2014

Releases for the week of September 29th include MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL, in which Jennifer Chiaverini reveals, through fascinating historical fiction, the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague; THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman, the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century; and two books that dig deeper into the JFK assassination: FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin and HISTORY WILL PROVE US RIGHT by Howard P. Willens.

A Conversation with Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the bestselling author of nonfiction, poetry and fiction, including her novels YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN and ADMISSION (which was adapted into the 2013 film starring Tina Fey). Here, she talks about why she started listening to audiobooks, and how her listening habits changed (or didn't) when she moved from the suburbs to New York City. She also reveals some of her favorite audiobooks and shares why she’s a more adventurous book listener than reader.