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Olive Oil and White Bread

Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Boston - What happens to lovers after the happy-ever-after moment? What goes on behind the closed doors of a relationship once the commitment is made? What does romance turn into when the hands of time keep turning? Olive Oil and White Bread is a novel that dares to answer those questions.

Angie Righetti is the daughter of a sprawling but close-knit Italian American family. She's out and they're proud. Jillian Clark's family is the white bread to Angie's olive oil. Stoic and emotionally buttoned up, they don't want to think about Jillian's sexuality. It's 1988 when they move in together, on the brink of starting their careers. Like every couple at the start of their life together, they expect to live happily ever after. And for 23 years life happens: They change jobs, buy a house, get a dog, and deal with money issues and the death of a parent. They fight, love, cry, play, make mistakes, have regrets, and try to be good to each other and to everybody else. Like most of us they tumble into a routine that turns into a rut that leads to distraction and danger.

In 96 Hours, Georgia Beers gave herself the challenge of writing a romance set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And she succeeded, coming up with a book that garnered awards and great reviews. She returns with a new challenge - writing a romance that starts, rather than ends, with the happy-ever-after.

©2014 Georgia Beers (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Iris Pereyra
  • 01-01-2015

Sweet, romantic and ultimately insightful story

I must admit that during the first chapters of these novel I was a little dissapointed as the story seemed trite and pretty formulaic, which I guess should not come as a total surprise for this genre. But after reading Ms. Beer's 96 hours, I have come to expect good writing and a deeper type of story-line from her.

The novel is divided in chapters that are told in chronological order and follow the relationship of Angie and Jillian, from its beginning when they moved together in 1988 thru the summer of 2011. So in a way, this is the anti-romantic novel that cares to ask the question, what happens when the honeymoon is over and a relationship falls into the day to day routine? Obviously most couples expect go live happy ever after, but we know that's not how things happen in real life.

For the most part of the book the author throws a few tidbits of pop-culture and well as of the politics of the day, to keep you aware of what's going on in the world but this is really keep to a minimum as it mostly follows the two main characters and how their personal lives and their relationship develops.

I should point out that the books goes a little deeper into two landmark events for the LGTB community in the Unites States and these are given special attention, one is the airing of The Ellen Degeneres show, more specifically the episode when Ellen comes out. The second one is the passing of the Marriage Equality Act, by the New York state legislation in June 2011.

I thought that Ms. Beers does a very good job at incorporating these events into the storyline and allows us to experience first hand how they were felt by Angie and Jillian but also by their friends and families. I got very emotional when I read these passages of the book and was particularly moved to see that the author have both straight and gay people celebrate these truly remarkable events.

The relationship story of Angie and Jillian also breaks the mold of your typical lesbian romance as they experience life, its valleys and mountains, ups and downs, but eventually mature and make the necessary sacrifices that are required for any couple, straight of gay, to stay together.

Overall, this is a romantic, witty and insightful read that I enjoyed a lot but I was also able to appreciate how much Ms. Beers have improved as a writer but also as a literary voice representing well the LGTB community.

The Narrator, Abby Craden as usual, does a good job with her narration,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2019

Excellent

Loved it. Takes you through 22 years with all the ups and downs. Abby Craden is phenomenal as usual. The characters come to life in her expert care.

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  • Sborman
  • 22-03-2018

Fantastic

Fantastic story!!! The performance by Abby Craden was a winner like always! if your a fan of either lady it's a MUST listen.

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  • Happy Woman
  • 15-03-2018

Laughing, crying, holding my breath

Another compelling love story, this time for the long haul. What happens after the initial lust & bunnymoon (when a new couple meets and goes ‘under ground’ and makes like rabbits for months). This story is real - real with challenges, real with love, real with differences in families, real with real life. Period. As it spans over several decades and I’m a lesbian in the same age as the characters, I can remember the Ellen parties and Ellen’s coming out episode and how historic it was! Remembering the horror of 9/11. Marriage legalization in the state of New York. I liked how Georgia Beers titles chapters based on a song from the year the chapter takes place. So, basically I’m saying this was a lovely book and I had all the emotions. I couldn’t wait to listen to it, and yet, didn’t want it to end. Well done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2015

A great story

While I usually prefer reading books, it was fun listening to this one while traveling. The narrator was excellent. The story was also excellent. Very nice to follow a couple through the ups and downs of a many year relationship, and it all rang true. You will probably see your own relationship, or others you know, in the story of this relationship.

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  • steph
  • 24-03-2015

Different

Very different story line but I was pulled in to the years that past. And my of even learned a few things. This is a good story well worth you time .

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  • Joanne Schrock
  • 20-09-2020

So true!

After 38 years with the same woman, this book could have been written about our life together. Beers captured the ups, downs, and incredible changes during a long term relationship. Craden was excellent as usual. Thank you, Georgia Beers, for telling our story!

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  • SS
  • 07-09-2020

So real

This story hits every bone of a real relationship. I loved it!!! Bravo bravo bravo👏

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  • Kenzi P
  • 31-08-2020

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this book opened up every single one of my emotions! I laughed, I cried... a lot lol, I was frustrated and angry, happy and sad ;( . I could relate to both characters at some points and also hated some of the decisions each of them made at times. Abby Craden really brought this book to life, it felt so real, like I was there.

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  • Dominique Storm
  • 11-04-2020

Heart warming!

I really liked this book. A lot of romance novels spend the entire book turning a new connection between two people into love, then the book ends and you are left wishing for more. This book took you through the trials and tribulations that comes with being in a relationship with "the one". If the love is strong and real, then maybe you will have a lifetime with the one you love. The narrator Abby Craden was awesome as usual. However, in one section Angie's name was said when it should have been Jillian 's. Not sure if that was Abby's fault or the author's, but other then that, the book was well written and heart warming.