Breaking Apart: A Memoir of Divorce
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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"Last night — didn't you tell me you couldn't do this, this whole 'married thing,' as
you put it?" He was puzzled. "Last night I was depressed, and I just needed to tell
you that. But it doesn't mean we're getting divorced. Why would you think that?
confused to be able to talk about what was happening, and I was too relieved that
they weren't crying every night to dig around and reopen the wound over and
over. But the second week, when they went to Ron's, was when the nightmare ...
So one night, instead of talking about our feelings, I told them a story about a
dinosaur family trying to cope with living in two caves. Although there were only
two kids in our family, I put three in the dinosaur family: an older dinosaur like
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 divorceUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
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