There seems to be A LOT of 'chick-lit' books lately focusing on divorce. I'm not sure if it's the author's reinventing themselves post-divorce that is bringing on the onslaught, but many of the books have thoughts that could actually be helpful to marriages that may be on the brink. In writing this memoir, the author wanted other couples to see what she and her ex went through and how they both came out for the better!
Synopsis: The emotionally charged story of a divorce that brought the surprising gift of grace
Just when Stacy Morrison thought everything in her life had come together, her husband of ten years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed a lot of work, a new baby who needed a lot of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York magazine publishing.
Morrison had never been one to believe in fairy tales. As far as she was concerned, happy endings were the product of the kind of ambition and hard work that had propelled her to the top of her profession. But she had always considered her relationship with her husband a safe place in her often stressful life. All of her assumptions about how life works crumbled, though, when she discovered that no amount of will and determination was going to save her marriage.
For Stacy, the only solution was to keep on living, and to listen -- as deeply and openly as possible -- to what this experience was teaching her.
Told with humor and heart, her honest and intimate account of the stress of being a working mother while trying to make sense of her unraveling marriage offers unexpected lessons of love, forgiveness, and dignity that will resonate with women everywhere.
About the Author :
Stacy Morrison, author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, is the editor in chief of Redbook magazine. She was formerly executive editor at Marie Claire and editor in chief of Modern Bride, and has appeared as an expert on women, love, sex, money, and more on Today, CNN Moneyline, and The Early Show, among many other television programs. Stacy lives in Brooklyn with her son, Zack. For more information please visit her website and an
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Review: I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but I found myself entranced and trying to read it in one night! Morrison has an affinity for spinning a story and making it so relatable that you feel like you are there with her as part of a reality series! The choices she and ex made were actually focused ON their child. They thought about what was best for him and acted accordingly. I found that so rare that you wished in a way they could have stayed together.
I think Morrison gave us the ultimate quote on life in the book: "As I looked at the mosaic floor...I was reminded that what you see in your life, isn't one thing, one picture, one thought. Life is a thousand little pieces, sliding and suddenly taking on a new pattern, like bits of glass in a kaleidoscope. You may get a moment of taking in a whole pattern, and then it's gone again in a flash, changing, shifting into something else. "
Her thoughts about the expectations of marriage may be an eye opener to every married person- that each person comes into the relationship with their own expectations, and then waits for the other person to catch up/come back to where they are. We all have an image in our head of what our lives will be like, only our partner may not have that same image, even if you've shared it and thought you discussed it 20 times over- what you imagine a blue box to be is not the same as how I imagine the same box. And thus, starts most of the issues in a marriage. Unrealistic expectations of the other person and an unshared 'marriage image'. Marriage counseling 101 in 2 sentences!
The book was refreshing as she was not looking to blame her ex, merely to explain how their marriage fell apart and how she picked herself back up, re-imagined what her and her son's life would be and moved on, co-parenting WITH her ex, to the betterment of their son! Married, single or divorced, this book has thoughts and ideas that everyone can find useful and interesting and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes, free of charge, from FSB Associates! No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.