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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell…

by Stacy Morrison

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There are about 20-30 pages of really good material in this book, but I'm just not able to feel exceptionally sympathetic for a narrator who moans about the difficulties of being a single mother but who has a full time nanny, whose ex takes her child not only on a regular basis but overnight. Do I care if her ski vacation is ruined by her ex's text messages? Nah. Do I care that she's worried about how she's going to pay back the FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS her parents loan her to do home repairs? Nah. Do I care that she has to take a taxi to Manhattan in order to get prompt emergency room treatment when her toddler does a face plant and needs stitches? Maybe a little. Too many problems I just can't relate to. The good bits are when she explores her fears of lose of identity. Heck, if I had this kind of money, I kinda think it would be easy to be optimistic. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Just when Stacy Morrison thought everything in her life had come together, her husband of ten years announced he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed a lot of work, a new baby who needed a lot of attention,and a new job in the high pressure world of New York magazine publishing. October 29/2011 ( )
  marient7 | Oct 29, 2011 |
I've always thought of everyone as an onion--peel back the layers and you'll be fascinated. Stacy peels back the outer layer for you very quickly, apparently with anyone and everyone. And because I also believe that life is rather like a roller coaster of ups and downs for everyone, reading Stacy's account of her divorce was overwhelming, amazing, exhausting. How she made it through some of her emotional upheavals was something to behold! And yes, this was an emotional book, just packed with exactly how she felt along the way---raw and in pain. And if one thing could go wrong, of course something else would go wrong at the same time.

This was primarily Stacy's side of the story but I thought she gave a picture of her husband, Chris, that seemed fair, given her situation. As she kept asking herself, "What else could I, should I, have done?" all along the way, in all kinds of different circumstances through the years leading up to the divorce and through the lengthy process of the divorce itself.

I am totally curious about what she will do next---given that just as this book has come out she has left Redbook to take care of her parents.

The book was a quick read in the sense that you just kept turning the pages to see what on earth ELSE could happen because so much had happened already! And there was always, always, so much more. She writes completely descriptively and beautifully. ( )
  nyiper | May 8, 2010 |
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Stacy Morrison, the editor-in-chief of "Redbook," tells the emotionally charged story of her divorce and the gift of grace it brought her.

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