Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Finnamore writes a story of divorce that is brilliant (Augusten Burroughs) and sure to become a classic.
There are certain books that come to epitomize their painful subject matter, offering solace to those who share the same fate and pleasure to those who merely appreciate fine writing. What The Year of Magical Thinking did for grief, what Drinking: A Love Story did for alcoholism, now Split does for divorce. Prescriptive yet full of pragmatic advice, insight and black humor, Split is a finely wrought tourniquet for a broken union and its attendant trauma.
Suzanne Finnamore, author of the novel Otherwise Engaged, didnt see it coming. Well, perhaps she saw somethingfor example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband, N, had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and someone elses namebut she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their one-year-old son, then applying makeup, donning high heels, and mixing a martini to greet N with when he arrived home at night. Until the night N came home, told her she looked beautiful, changed his clothes, and announced that he was leaving.
In crystalline, riveting prose, Finnamore tells the story of her divorce, and her marriage, and how it all imploded and came back together, changed. At once quite funny, achingly sad, and unflinchingly fierce, Split will resonate with anyone whos endured the end of a relationship.
"California journalist and author Finnamore (The Zygote Chronicles) renders a sharp, cut-to-the-quick account of her painful divorce after five years of marriage. Living in the canyons of tony Marin County with her marketing v-p husband, N, and their toddler son she calls A, the author is devastated by N's announcement that he wants a divorce and yet she is not surprised. In brief, astute chapters riddled with a dry, deadpan humor, the author reconstructs this surreal journey from giddy romance with a suave older man (she is 40, while he is in his 50s), through motherhood and the dawning suspicions of his infidelity, to his abandonment and denial that he is involved with someone else. Finnamore enlists various characters to see her through her crisis, which spans denial and anger, grief and acceptance: her jaded, long remarried mother, Bunny, who brings the pain-killers and stocks the house with junk food; her no-nonsense diminutive friend Lisa, who remarks upon hearing the news of the divorce, 'You have no idea how I have longed for this day'; and her vehemently antimarriage childhood buddy Christian. Eschewing a divorce lawyer, Finnamore manages to come through with the help of her friends and conveys in this frank, winning memoir her supreme vulnerability and bravery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Finnamore, already an accomplished novelist, easily makes the transition to creative nonfiction. Progressing through Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's five stages of death and dying - denial, anger, bargaining, grief, and acceptance - she expertly creates... a treatise on an important subject in family relations - divorce - describing how she learned of her ex-husband's infidelity, realized he wasn't the right man for her, struggled as a single mother, and came to terms with losing her status as a "happily married woman." Recommended.
"SPLIT is brilliant, poignant and completely unique. Suzanne Finnamore has refined her caustic wit to the point where it is now an assault rifle perfectly aimed at both herself and marauding spouses throughout America. Her voice captivates even the most jaded lovers."
Augusten Burroughs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors
"So Perfectly Right. I loved it, loved it, loved it. p.s. Loved it."
Haven Kimmel, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy
"SPLIT is heart-rending and beautiful; Finnamore is a master storyteller, and this time, the story is her own. She is that rarest of things on today's literary landscape a truly great writer, the real deal. This book will never let you forget it."
Darin Strauss, author of More Than It Hurts You and Chang and Eng
"Powerful. SPLIT reads like a greased bullet."
Judith Moore, bestselling author of Fat Girl
"SPLIT is a terrific piece of writing. Powerful, moving, well-written, with some profound and sometimes poetic insights into the human condition. I ask no more from literature."
Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe
A sharp, cut-to-the-quick account of painful divorce....In brief, astute chapters riddled with a dry, deadpan humor, the author reconstructs this surreal journey
Finnamore conveys in this frank, winning memoir her supreme vulnerability and bravery.
"Finnamore...easily makes the transition to creative nonfiction...Progressing through Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's five stages of death and dying-denial, anger, bargaining, grief, and acceptance-she expertly creates scenes spiced with dialog to convey her emotions. Good reading; recommended."
Bestselling and award-winning author Finnamore tells the story of her divorce, her marriage, and how it all imploded and came back together. At once quite funny, achingly sad, and unflinchingly fierce, "Split" speaks to anyone who's endured the end of a relationship.
?Not only funny, it?s also fully triumphant...a heartbreaking pleasure to read.?(Elle)
Suzanne Finnamore didn?t see it coming. Well, she saw some things?for example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and an indecipherable name?but she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their son and creating the perfect home. Until the night it all imploded. ?I deserve happiness,? he said, which apparently translated into ousting her from his life. At once funny, sad, and unflinchingly fierce, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured the end of a relationship?and come out on the other side changed.
About the Author
Suzanne Finnamore is the author of the bestseller Otherwise Engaged and The Zygote Chronicles (a Washington Post Book of the Year in 2002). A journalist who has written for O, Marie Claire, Redbook, Glamour, and Salon, her novels have been translated into twelve languages.