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How refreshing! The women who tell these stories about their divorces, while not denying the inevitable grief and new challenges they must face, celebrate the selves they discover — or rediscover — as they embark on a new chapter of life. One of the delights of this book is that the nature of the relationships and their ends varies greatly (straight or gay, sudden or gradual, traumatic or amicable), as do the new lives these women have constructed for themselves (single or partnered, well-off or financially challenged). What they have in common is a joy in new-found strength and self-reliance. Many have discovered values they will not compromise in future relationships, as well as talents and interests that previously lay buried. Ask Me about My Divorce is not only for women with their own stories of divorce, but for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of what that swerve in life's path can mean.
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"In keeping with the almost defiant title, this collection of 29 essays is a mixture of ballsy and introspective, humorous and bleak — though never bleak for long. Though individual and quirky, these essays share a theme. As Julie Hammonds writes pithily in 'The Love List': 'What to do next with my life? Where to go? Who to become? Big questions, fear inducing.' She decided to travel solo for six months. And while the economic effects of divorce are all too real, each woman has a chance to become stronger, more herself. As Marrit Ingman says with delightful economy in 'Breakup Buddies,' 'Our fortunes declined. But at the same time, our struggles had a reason, at last. Bad odds were better than no chance at all.' Editor Walsh (Moving to New York) steps up the honesty in revealing that she left her unhappy marriage after falling in love with her female therapist, ultimately finding her true love via Match.com. These stories of exploration and change, whether tentative or bold, will inspire readers who are questioning their own status." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"These are stories of brave women...who used devastating circumstances to successfully reinvent their lives. If you've checked into the Heartbreak Hotel, let this inspiring book encourage you to take the next healing step." Mothering Magazine

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"This collection of 29 essays, all written by women for women, aims to show that getting divorced does not equal failure and can be the start of a new, positive life." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Its time to get past the idea that divorce equals failure. Sure, it may not be what you had in mind when you walked down the aisle, but if its the escape hatch into a better life, it should be filled with more promise. It can be celebrated.

Ask Me About My Divorce is a spicy, fun, riveting collection of essays by women from all walks of life. With the unifying thread "I got divorced, and the world came into view," the words within will make readers laugh, cry, nod their heads, and feel inspired to do what they need to for themselves. These aren't stories from women tiptoeing around a difficult subject — they're about the ways divorce can be, in fact, a new lease on life.

About the Author

Candace Walsh has been a freelance writer for almost fifteen years. She has written for Blender, New York magazine, Mademoiselle, Newsday, Sunset, Travel & Leisure, Mothering, German Vogue, Food & Wine, and more. Walsh is the author of Moving to New York, American Atelier and Stone Design for the Home. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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allyfour, June 1, 2009 (view all comments by allyfour)
This is a wonderful book, full of good friends getting together to dish on what works, what doesn't and what makes them happy. Finally the idea that divorce can be a good thing, for everyone, is celebrated here by people who know. Certainly divorce can be tragic, and it's not the beginning for everyone, but it's time we moved past saying "I'm so sorry" because for some it's a true commencement,and this collection of essays is the reminder that there is often good on the other side of rotten. Spend an evening with these women, you will enjoy every last word.
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Candace_E, June 1, 2009 (view all comments by Candace_E)
I found out about this book on Monday and ordered it next-day delivery, read it on Tuesday, and felt the need to promote it on Wednesday. The book is a collection of stories all written by women who have gone through divorce - and are now better for it.

Some of the writing is frank and confessional: "I came hard watching girl-on-girl sex." Some is lyrical: "Grief begins to rise like a tide then, seeking that deep groove to flow into." Painful humor abounds: "I put the lawyer through law school, he put me in the loony bin. We called it even and got divorced."

I see myself in every story in the book, even the one written by an immigrant German ex-polygamist who left not only her husband, but her sister wife. Our lives couldn't be more disparate, but we have something in common - recovering from emotionally abusive relationships and becoming strong women.

When Sy, the 58-year-old I was dating last, told me that I was just like every woman who goes through a divorce, and he could basically tell me what stages to expect next, I said incredulously, "Thanks for letting me know I'm typical." At the time, it didn't sit well with me. I was just starting to find myself, my voice, and my identity. I didn't want to be like anybody else. But after reading the stories in this book, I realize that, yes, I am typical. Not necessarily a bad thing. Every woman who experiences divorce has her own spin to put on it. Stories may overlap, but no two are identical. Each voice is unique and valuable. Each variation adds to the whole complex composition of "divorce."

The editor, Candace Walsh (great first name! and she spells it correctly!), along with a few of the authors, will be doing readings at Skylight Books on May 21. My growing posse of LA Divorcees and I will be in attendance, book in hand. Eager to meet the women who are exposing the fact that divorce is neither a 4-letter word nor the end of the world. Typically, it's the beginning.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781580052764
Author:
Walsh, Candace
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Divorce & Separation
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
General
Subject:
Divorced women -- United States.
Subject:
Women authors -- United States.
Subject:
Self Help-Divorce and Separation
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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Product details 288 pages Seal Press (CA) - English 9781580052764 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

How refreshing! The women who tell these stories about their divorces, while not denying the inevitable grief and new challenges they must face, celebrate the selves they discover — or rediscover — as they embark on a new chapter of life. One of the delights of this book is that the nature of the relationships and their ends varies greatly (straight or gay, sudden or gradual, traumatic or amicable), as do the new lives these women have constructed for themselves (single or partnered, well-off or financially challenged). What they have in common is a joy in new-found strength and self-reliance. Many have discovered values they will not compromise in future relationships, as well as talents and interests that previously lay buried. Ask Me about My Divorce is not only for women with their own stories of divorce, but for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of what that swerve in life's path can mean.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In keeping with the almost defiant title, this collection of 29 essays is a mixture of ballsy and introspective, humorous and bleak — though never bleak for long. Though individual and quirky, these essays share a theme. As Julie Hammonds writes pithily in 'The Love List': 'What to do next with my life? Where to go? Who to become? Big questions, fear inducing.' She decided to travel solo for six months. And while the economic effects of divorce are all too real, each woman has a chance to become stronger, more herself. As Marrit Ingman says with delightful economy in 'Breakup Buddies,' 'Our fortunes declined. But at the same time, our struggles had a reason, at last. Bad odds were better than no chance at all.' Editor Walsh (Moving to New York) steps up the honesty in revealing that she left her unhappy marriage after falling in love with her female therapist, ultimately finding her true love via Match.com. These stories of exploration and change, whether tentative or bold, will inspire readers who are questioning their own status." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "These are stories of brave women...who used devastating circumstances to successfully reinvent their lives. If you've checked into the Heartbreak Hotel, let this inspiring book encourage you to take the next healing step."
"Review" by , "This collection of 29 essays, all written by women for women, aims to show that getting divorced does not equal failure and can be the start of a new, positive life."
"Synopsis" by ,
Its time to get past the idea that divorce equals failure. Sure, it may not be what you had in mind when you walked down the aisle, but if its the escape hatch into a better life, it should be filled with more promise. It can be celebrated.

Ask Me About My Divorce is a spicy, fun, riveting collection of essays by women from all walks of life. With the unifying thread "I got divorced, and the world came into view," the words within will make readers laugh, cry, nod their heads, and feel inspired to do what they need to for themselves. These aren't stories from women tiptoeing around a difficult subject — they're about the ways divorce can be, in fact, a new lease on life.

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