A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman

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Broadway Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
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Life is a work in progress, as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline along the beach. During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. With her sons grown, however, she realized that the family no longer centered on the home she provided, and her relationship with her husband had become stagnant. Like many women in her situation, Joan realized that she had neglected to nurture herself and, worse, to envision fulfilling goals for her future. As her husband received a wonderful job opportunity out-of-state, it seemed that the best part of her own life was finished. Shocking both of them, she refused to follow him to his new job and decided to retreat to a family cottage on Cape Cod. At first casting about for direction, Joan soon began to take plea-sure in her surroundings and call on resources she didn't realize she had. Over the course of a year, she gradually discovered that her life as an 'unfinished woman' was full of possibilities. Out of that magical, difficult, transformative year came A Year by the Sea, a record of her experiences and a treasury of wisdom for readers.

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A wonderful writer and inspiring story. - Goodreads
A pleasant read with bits of humor and insight. - Goodreads
Book Club selection that was a wonderful read. - Goodreads
This was excellent in writing style and a quick read. - Goodreads
Short and yet full of imagery and hope. - Goodreads
I was surprised by the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Debra Davidson - Goodreads

This book spoke to me. I felt such a strong connection to Anderson that often, I felt as if I had been telling the story. (The first person point of view certainly helped!) There are so many parallels ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen Ruddy - Goodreads

Pretty good read about a woman who finds herself at a psychological crossroads in mid-life. She was very fortunate to have the opportunity, means, and accommodation to escape for a year, by the sea, and sort it all out. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Joan Anderson is the author of numerous children's novels, as well as Breaking the TV Habit. A Year by the Sea is her first venture into narrative nonfiction and her most personal work to date. Anderson lives with her husband on Cape Cod, where she conducts her popular "Year by the Sea" workshops.

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