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A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
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Aug 30, 2011

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Recommended to Doreen by: saw it at the library
Recommended for: laura
Read from August 29 to 30, 2011

Circumstances for every divorce are different from each other, and also similar. In this book, Gillies records the year after her divorce, living in NYC with her children, in her parents' home. With humor, and complete honesty, she tells her feelings of failure, her struggle to be a single mom, and the constant panic to somehow make a good life out of this mess. Yes, she has it easier than many single moms.(Her parents take them in, so she doesn't have to worry about financially supporting her little family, right away). She acknowledges how fortunate she is to have had that support. She is grateful and knows that other women aren't quite so lucky, post-divorce.

Still, her feelings and experiences are valid. Every divorce story is unique. I'm impressed that Gillies sought out therapy. Even when 'fault' for a divorce can be placed firmly on the cheating spouse, it's important for the 'wronged' person to examine his or her own contribution to the demise of the marriage. And as Gillies points out, she wants to improve as a wife/mother/woman and is willing to make improvements for herself, and have successful relationships with her parents, children and second husband.
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