Really Good, Actually: A Novel

Written by:
Monica Heisey
Narrated by:
Julia Whelan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2023
10 hours 13 minutes

“Every sentence of Monica Heisey’s writing is a treat. No one makes me laugh like she does.” —Dolly Alderton, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love

Recommended by Los Angeles Times • Washington Post • GQ • Elle • Good Morning America • People • Guardian • The Times • E! News Online • The Globe and Mail • Toronto Star • The Week • New York Post • Shondaland • and many more!

A hilarious and painfully relatable debut novel about one woman’s messy search for joy and meaning in the wake of an unexpected breakup, from comedian, essayist, and award-winning screenwriter Monica Heisey

Maggie is fine. She’s doing really good, actually. Sure, she’s broke, her graduate thesis on something obscure is going nowhere, and her marriage only lasted 608 days, but at the ripe old age of twenty-nine, Maggie is determined to embrace her new life as a Surprisingly Young Divorcée™.

Now she has time to take up nine hobbies, eat hamburgers at 4 am, and “get back out there” sex-wise. With the support of her tough-loving academic advisor, Merris; her newly divorced friend, Amy; and her group chat (naturally), Maggie barrels through her first year of single life, intermittently dating, occasionally waking up on the floor and asking herself tough questions along the way.

Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with sharp observations, Really Good, Actually is a tender and bittersweet comedy that lays bare the uncertainties of modern love, friendship, and our search for that thing we like to call “happiness”. This is a remarkable debut from an unforgettable new voice in fiction.

“A prime example of how a storyteller's voice can pull you right in and keep you clinging to every sentence. . . . This is a book I will give to my closest girlfriends and say, ‘You have to read this.’” — Zibby Owens,

“Tremendously funny and thoughtful.” –GQ 
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Judy H.

Unflinching, raw, human. The initial lack of self awareness of the protagonist was a bit annoying - but if you stick with it, you find that the author was intentional in this. The character arc was Maggie gradually becoming self aware of her narcissistic tendencies, learning how to grieve and process the vast abyss of emotions that are part of life, and become comfortable being with herself. I laughed out loud and related so very much more than I thought I would. This was my first audiobook and I'm hooked now!

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Tana B.

To me, it Was hard to root for any of the characters

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