Split: A Memoir of Divorce

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Finnamore writes a story of divorce that is “brilliant” (Augusten Burroughs) and sure to become a classic.

There are certain books that come to epitomize their painful subject matter, offering solace to those who share the same fate and pleasure to those who merely appreciate fine writing. What The Year of Magical Thinkingdid for grief, what Drinking: A Love Storydid for alcoholism, now Split does for divorce. Prescriptive yet full of pragmatic advice, insight and black humor, Split is a finely wrought tourniquet for a broken union and its attendant trauma.

Suzanne Finnamore, author of the novel Otherwise Engaged, didn’t see it coming. Well, perhaps she saw something—for example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband, N, had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and someone else’s name—but she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their one-year-old son, then applying makeup, donning high heels, and mixing a martini to greet N with when he arrived home at night. Until the night N came home, told her she looked beautiful, changed his clothes, and announced that he was leaving.

In crystalline, riveting prose, Finnamore tells the story of her divorce, and her marriage, and how it all imploded and came back together, changed. At once quite funny, achingly sad, and unflinchingly fierce, Split will resonate with anyone who’s endured the end of a relationship.

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If you have ever been in a relationship & that person is leaving said realtionship--then just breathe; your world will turn upside down.. You are now walking around on auto-pilot, your mind is set on ... Read full review

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Finnamore, already an accomplished novelist (see her best-selling Otherwise Engaged and The Zygote Chronicles, a 2002 Washington Post Best Book of the Year), here easily makes the transition to ... Read full review

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Suzanne Finnamore is the author of the bestseller Otherwise Engaged and The Zygote Chronicles (a Washington Post Book of the Year in 2002). A journalist who has written for O, Marie Claire, Redbook, Glamour, and Salon, her novels have been translated into twelve languages.

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