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Unraveled: The True Story of a Woman Who Dared to Become a Different Kind of Motherby Maria Housden
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“Maria Housden gives the rest of us permission to live lives of truth. Unraveled once again proves that hers is a voice to be reckoned with. She brilliantly and with subtle lyricism negotiates the shoals of love and loss, but it’s more than that. . . . Housden consistently leaves her readers wiser, less alone, and cradling a palpable sense of the very good possibility of triumph.” —Suzanne Finnamore, author of Otherwise Engaged and The Zygote Chronicles
“Maria Housden probes the rewarding/maddening underside of what it means to be a wife and mother. In her brave quest for self-fulfillment, she empowers others to challenge expectations. Her gentle wisdom is a gift to us all.” —Suzy Farbman, author of Back from Betrayal
“Learning to live without knowing, accepting uncertainty and yet following the heart’s yearning and wisdom. These are the lessons Maria Housden so elegantly shares in this deeply personal recounting of her life. Her words have made me a better woman.” —Arielle Ford, author of Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover
“Unraveled does for mothers everywhere what M. Scott Peck did for truth seekers in The Road Less Traveled. Absolutely brilliant.” —Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind
“Housden has taken all of her pain and accepted its place and purpose in her life, and now shares her inspiration with the world. If you are a mother struggling to know who you are, this book will inspire you to your core.” —Tara Paterson, founder of JustForMom.com
From the Hardcover edition.
In a poignant autobiography, the best-selling author of Hannah's Gift describes how, following the death of her young daughter Hannah, she chose to divorce her husband and give him primary custody of their three surviving children, discussing the emotional upheaval that led to her decision and her efforts to be the best mother she can be while living apart. 50,000 first printing.
As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden's vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had otherplans.
Unraveled is Housden's riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage to break away from her role as awife and stay-at-home mom and strike out on her own in search of a more fulfilling life. Leaving her three surviving children in the primary custody of her husband, Housden faced down the disbelief of friends and familyand began a journey that would ultimately lead her not only to the truth about herself, but also to a deeper and more loving connection with her children.
Housden writes about the emotional reckoningthat led to her decision and the ways in which she has become the best mother she can be while no longer living with her children full-time. With fierce honesty and the same gift for poignantly beautiful writing that shedemonstrated in the bestselling Hannah's Gift, Housden makes a valuable contribution to our collective conversation about mothering, marriage, and the assumptions we make about the way life issupposed to be. Unraveled is the remarkable story of one woman's choice not to live every girl's dream . . . and instead to find her own.
Fromthe Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Maria Housden is an author and lecturer. She and her husband, Roger Housden, live in New York and New Jersey. Her first book, Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived, has become an inter-national bestseller, translated into more than fifteen foreign languages.
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