It Might Have Been What He Said: A Novel

Skyhorse
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“A thrilling, compelling novel about the gravitational pull of love and money . . . This is a story that takes up where The Great Gatsby left off” (Susan Cheever).
 
Isabel could remember the precise moment she tried killing her husband. Strangely enough, she couldn’t recall why. Thus begins the powerful story of Isabel, who, at the age of twenty-eight, has been granted early success as the head of a publishing house . . . A woman of taste and discernment, endowed with enviable wit and a razor-sharp mind. Yet, as the novel opens, we know that Isabel is in great trouble and has possibly lost her mind. Elegantly yet sparely written, hers is a tale of seduction, vertiginous love, and colossal betrayal.
 
When Isabel meets James—a handsome, aristocratic, highly talented writer known in equal parts for his entitlement, drinking, and gift for charming women—she falls head over heels for him, despite all her friends’ dire warnings. Breaking his past pattern, however, James also falls for Isabel, and they decide to marry. However improbable a couple, they confound their family and friends, becoming an ideal match, as much in love with each other as they are devoted to their son. The question is: What happens to drive Isabel to her act of insanity?
 
“This brisk page-turner has the makings of a summer blockbuster.” —The New Yorker
 
“An elegant debut.” —Vanity Fair
 
“First novels are rarely this spry, fun, and archly enjoyable…Collinsworth is a confident and gifted storyteller who can balance self-conscious cleverness with the thrills of pure entertainment.” —New York Post
 
“An eloquent and heartrending dissection of a disintegrating marriage.”—Harper’s Bazaar
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Oct 20, 2011
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781628722024
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
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A fascinating fusion of memoir, manners, and cultural history from a successful businesswoman well versed in the unique challenges of working in contemporary China.

During the course of a career that has, quite literarily, moved her around the world, no country has fascinated Eden Collinsworth more than China, where she has borne witness to its profound transformation. After numerous experiences there that might best be called "unusual" by Western standards, she concluded that despite China's growing status as a world economy, businessmen in mainland China were fundamentally uncomfortable in the company of their Western counterparts. This realization spawned an idea to work collaboratively with a major Chinese publisher on a Western etiquette guide, which went on to became a bestseller and prompted a branch of China's Ministry of Education to suggest that she create a curriculum for the school system. In I Stand Corrected, Collinsworth tells the entertaining and insightful story of the year she spent living among the Chinese while writing a book featuring advice on such topics as the non-negotiable issue of personal hygiene, the rules of the handshake, and making sense of foreigners. Scrutinizing the kind of etiquette that has guided her own business career, one which has unfolded in predominately male company, Collinsworth creates a counterpart that explains Chinese practices and reveals much about our own Western culture. At the same time, I Stand Corrected is a wry but self-effacing reflection on the peripatetic career she led while single-handedly raising her son, and here she details the often madcap attempts to strike a balance that was right for them both.
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