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Ask Me about My Divorce: Women Open Up about Moving Onby Candace Walsh
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.)
"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
"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
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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