Breaking Apart: A Memoir of Divorce

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Hyperion Books, May 22, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Now in paperback, this "courageous story, beautifully told" [Washington Post] offers a searing examination of a marriage coming apart piece by piece.

"There are those who believe it is simple selfishness that leads people to divorce. For those of us who have lived it, it's hard to see why anyone would rip out their veins for some immature or narcissistic desire to get what they want, because that is what it feels like." --from Breaking Apart

Piercingly honest and profoundly moving, Wendy Swallow's memoir traces the arc of her marriage and its painful disintegration. Her journey through divorce's rough terrain -- and the reconstruction of her life after divorce -- offers an electrifying literary portrait of what it is to relinquish the comfort and security of a long-held dream.

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User Review  - karriethelibrarian - LibraryThing

I'll freely admit that while I was going through my painful divorce after 24 years of marriage, I was drawn to this book. I needed to find solace in someone else's story, and Wendy Swallow provided ... Read full review

Breaking apart: a memoir of divorce

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As Swallow points out in her introduction, there are very few memoirs about the dissolution of a marriage or the "breaking apart" in divorce recovery literature: "I...wanted to know if others had felt ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
DIVORCE FANTASY
11
THE WEDDING PICTURE 77
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Copyright

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About the author (2002)

A former staff writer for the Washington Post, Wendy Swallow is currently a journalism professor at American University and a freelance writer. A divorced mother of two, Swallow lives in Kensington, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C.

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