A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 5, 2011 - Social Science - 208 pages
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The basis for the major motion picture of the same name. An entrancing memoir of how one woman's journey of self-discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re-creating her life.

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 pleasure 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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User Review  - bettysunflower - LibraryThing

Joan's husband has been transferred and they will need to move out of their long time home. Joan decides that with her 2 adult sons gone from the home and her marriage dull and lifeless maybe its time ... Read full review

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

Loved this. Women need to take risks and this woman did it. She shook things up,went against the norm for a wife and mother! This is all about lessons in life, lessons to learn and lessons learned. This should be required reading for all young women!!!! All women period! Read full review

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About the author (2011)

JOAN ANDERSON is the author of the bestselling A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, and A Walk on the Beach. She has also written numerous children’s novels, including 1787, The First Thanksgiving Feast, and The American Family Farm, as well as a critically acclaimed adult nonfiction book Breaking the TV Habit (Scribner). A graduate of Yale University School of Drama, Anderson lives with her husband on Cape Cod.

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