Alane Gray presents her award-winning creative non-fiction memoir Terrible Omens: Happiness is the Other Way. This darkly witty, fast-paced ride through a fifteen-year relationship is an unflinching cautionary tale about what happens when hormones and social expectations lead two people to say “I do” when they should have said “I don’t.” When the signs all pointed to the exits—they kept running the wrong way.
Episode 10: Chapter 12 Part 1
When Darren gets sucked into his old college lifestyle, his inner frat boy spills over onto Alane, forcing her to confront some difficult truths about the choices she has made.
Episode 9: Chapter 11
Darren discovers microbrewing. Alane starts to realize their diverging interests and changing tolerances.
Episode 8: Chapter 10
Darren and Alane struggle to find their place after their escape from Pittsburgh. Time, money, and certainty start slowly slipping away as the pressures of married life and professional ambitions build. Alane has trouble dealing with the stress of history repeating.
Episode 7: Chapter 9
In this brief interlude, Alane talks about her early experience with religion and the paranormal parts of her romance with Darren.
Episode 6: Chapter 8
Alane assesses her situation and finally makes a decision as Charlene forces Darren’s hand.
Episode 5: Chapter 7
Alane and Darren return to Pittsburgh to smooth things over with Charlene. Alane confronts the consequences of living with her in-laws, sees signs of Darren’s shifting loyalties, and contemplates the pros and cons of adopting a zombie lifestyle.
Terrible Omens, Great Podcast
Wow. I really didn’t expect much going into this, especially considering how the topic is as far from my normal podcast picks ... So why is a Surreal Horror, Classic British TV/Radio, Nightmare Horror, sketch comedy fan spending time writing a 5-star review for a millennial’s relationship story?
Well for one - this IS a horror story, in its way.
And for another, Alane Gray’s narrative is amazing, done so breezily irresistible that I found myself being completely drawn in without realizing, listening to two and a half episodes before I could stop - and coming back for more the next day.
It’s a humorous recollection of a relationship doomed from the start, begun between two well meaning people on the same paths towards the future - but based on superficial bedrock ... two people with as different backgrounds, different psychological makeup, as might possibly be. And so even though it’s usually a “light, sunshiny” listen (for the most part), there are times when the title is VERY fitting. The “terrible omens” can be as painful to hear as they were for Alane Gray to say out loud in the narration.