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The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them

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Dear Amy,

First my husband told me he didn't love me. Then he said he didn't think he had ever really loved me. Then he left me with a baby to raise by myself. Amy, I don't want to be a single mother.

I told myself I'd never be divorced. And now here I am--exactly where I didn't want to be!

My daughter and I live in London. We don't really have any friends here. What should we do?

Desperate

Dear Desperate,

I have an idea.

Take your baby, get on a plane, and move back to your dinky hometown in upstate New York--the place you couldn't wait to leave when you were young. Live with your sister in the back bedroom of her tiny bungalow. Cry for five weeks. Nestle in with your quirky family of hometown women--many of them single, like you. Drink lots of coffee and ask them what to do. Do your best to listen to their advice but don't necessarily follow it.

Start to work in Washington, DC. Start to date. Make friends. Fail up. Develop a career as a job doula. Teach nursery school and Sunday School.

Watch your daughter grow. When she's a teenager, just when you're both getting comfortable, uproot her and move to Chicago to take a job writing a nationally syndicated advice column.

Do your best to replace a legend. Date some more.

Love fiercely. Laugh with abandon. Grab your second chance--and your third, and your fourth.

Send your daughter to college. Cry for five more weeks.

Move back again to your dinky hometown and the women who helped raise you.

Find love, finally.

And take care.

Amy

Synopsis:

Dickinson has made a career out of helping others, through her syndicated advice column Ask Amy. Readers love her for her honesty and for the fact that her motto is I make the mistakes so you don't have to. Here, she shares those mistakes and her remarkable story.

About the Author

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist. She replaced Ann Landers in 2003 and now pens the "Ask Amy" column, which appears in more than 100 newspapers nationwide, including the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Boston Herald, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Chicago.

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ISBN:
9781401310127
Author:
Dickinson, Amy
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Biography-Women
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Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 8.1 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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