Elayna Leopold, 35, works from home in New Jersey so that she can raise her young daughter, Hazel, while her husband puts in long hours as a lawyer in New York. Elayna is typical of women who spend their twenties chasing dreams in the city only to spend their thirties chasing children in the suburbs. Yet no one knows better than she that life can change instantly. Two years ago her infant son died, sending her into a depression from which she's just emerging. Now, suddenly -- thrillingly -- Elayna finds herself craving life's passions again. When she meets Kevin, a young artist and neighbor, she discovers a version of herself she thought was gone forever. As she uncovers yearnings that could destroy everything she cherishes, a threat to Hazel emerges from an unlikely source, making Elayna's choices and decisions that much more critical.

Riveting, tender, and utterly real, Sweet Ruin is a gripping story about one woman's search for passion amid the challenges of ordinary life and a triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"Compulsively readable... Hanauer has a poet's eye for detail and a spot-on sense of the specifics of mothering in the suburbs." - Jennifer Weiner


Used availability for Cathi Hanauer's Sweet Ruin

Hardback Editions

September 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sweet Ruin
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 0-7862-8955-4 / 978-0-7862-8955-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 0-7432-7734-1 / 978-0-7432-7734-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria
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Paperback Editions

June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 0-7432-7735-X / 978-0-7432-7735-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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2006 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Sweet Ruin
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 1-86325-576-1 / 978-1-86325-576-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Random House Australia
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Audio Editions

August 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sweet Ruin
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 1-4001-0242-1 / 978-1-4001-0242-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sweet Ruin
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 1-4001-3242-8 / 978-1-4001-3242-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2006 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sweet Ruin
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
ISBN: 1-4001-5242-9 / 978-1-4001-5242-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
Publisher: Atria Books
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June 2006 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sweet Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Cathi Hanauer
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK