Good in a Crisis

Good in a Crisis -Bloomsbury, 2012


“I cannot help but wonder, though, what is so terrible about aging?  It happens to everyone.”

Good in a Crisis is Overton’s laugh–out–loud funny story of dealing with the most serious of life’s problems: the death of close friends, the dissolution of a long relationship, a sudden health crisis, the realities of midlife. It’s about loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence; about spirituality, self-delusion, even sheer stupidity. It’s written from a physician’s perspective, but it’s not about medicine, per se; it’s about coming of age in adulthood, an effort to help others through the awful events that can cluster in midlife. An unforgettable memoir, Good in a Crisis will make you laugh and cry, and leave you, as Overton was, a lot more humble and just a little wiser.




“Tragedy isn’t usually funny…yet, somehow, this book is.” – Chicago Tribune


“ (a) grimly hilarious journey into the Heart of Darkness…. Overton highlight(s) the humorous and learn(s) from the apocalyptic events that overtook her in middle age. Growing older may be difficult, she writes, but surviving the inevitable traumas of later life may offer passage to the enlightened state of being that “sounds more appealing than dotage…At times brutally funny reading about midlife coming-of-age.” – Kirkus Reviews  


Featured in Library Journal‘s “Ten Memoirs I Want You to Read” by Barbara Hoffert, October 15, 2011


“…an unexpectedly funny handbook for anyone faced with starting again in middle age.” – Daily Mail


“Good in a Crisis reads like good chick-lit with the narrative zipping along.” – Irish Independent


“This memoir of how grieving makes us behave like lunatics is wonderful on friendship and motherhood, and brutally honest about the rest. “ – Psychologies


“..a memoir that is by turn funny, philosophical and poignant.” – Toronto Star


“. . .A truly moving memoir from a real person who has lived a real life.   Good in a Crisis is rewarding and uplifting, provoking tears at times and laughter at times. It is perfectly balanced—introspective without being self-indulgent, inspiring without being condescending. Overton’s book should be required reading for anyone stumbling through middle life, if not to better understand themselves, then to acquire perspective on the real-world struggles of those around them.” – Chicago Book Review


“’Men might find you attractive, but only until they find out how smart you are.’ This unhusbandly remark will resonate with a great many women who’ve felt it even if they haven’t heard it in so many words. It’s typical of the fierce candor Margaret Overton summons – along with an intact sense of humor and a doctor’s eye for detail – to tell the story of how she survived a perfect storm of disasters and ended up stronger, wiser and ready for a kinder future.” ―Rosellen Brown


Good in a Crisis is a riotous romp through the messy, confusing, wonderful labyrinth of life. If you don’t laugh, cry, sing, and shout while reading this book, call the coroner because you’re already dead. Oh, and I’m nominating Overton for sainthood. She earned it.” ―Larry Dossey, M.D., author, The Power of Premonitions; executive editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing


“What a story. Margaret Overton’s Good in A Crisis is one harrowing episode after another. But as this grief-stricken anesthesiologist recounts her pain–of divorce, of illness, of bad dates and worse–she keeps tapping us right in the funny bone. The effect is quite moving and startling.” ―James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street


Margaret Overton is a truly funny, nervy, and insightful writer. Despite her personal losses, she and her wonderful memoir are both winners. I love Good in a Crisis!” ―Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man


“[A] smart and clear-eyed narrative of one woman’s midlife divorce…. Overton managed to overcome her many trials as she imparts with humor and some high-handed poise.” ―Publishers Weekly


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