Wendy Swallow
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"There are those who believe it is simple selfishness that leads people to divorce. For those of us who have lived it, it's hard to see why anyone would rip out their veins for some immature or narcissistic desire to get what they want, because that is what it feels like."

Writing in a style that is both piercingly honest and profoundly moving, Wendy Swallow, in her gripping memoir of a divorce unfolding, traces the arc of her marriage to a complex man ten years her senior. She looks into her own heart and at her own childhood and young adulthood as a way of understanding the relationship and its ultimate breakdown. She also examines her struggle to balance her burgeoning career and the demands of motherhood. And then she writes of divorce: the hopeful fantasies she conjured while still in her marriage, as well as the harsh realities she faced when she and her husband finally separated.

Featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the CBS Early Show, and in Readers' Digest and other national magazines, Swallow's memoir illuminates– with heartbreaking candor--the overwhelming financial and emotional stresses of divorce. "People say marriages break up," writes Swallow, "but mine finally broke down." She writes too, however, of the joys of independence and renewal. Her journey through divorce's rough terrain–and the triumphant reconstruction of her life after divorce–offer encouragement and inspiration to anyone struggling with a marriage.

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"What's most impressive about the book is Swallow's commitment to looking back without rancor, resentment, or recrimination . . . . This plainspoken memoir will prove immensely helpful and instructive (if not precisely reassuring) to anyone who has ever feared–or secretly dreamed of – divorce."

– Elle



"It's a tribute both to Swallow's honesty and powers of evocation. I admired Swallow's thoughtful parsing of life."

– Newsday

"Swallow bravely tells . . . her courageous story, beautifully told [and] reveals that divorce takes as much work as marriage, and while it leaves scars, it can be made easier."

– Washington Post



"This graceful and engrossing memoir of marriage, divorce and rebuilding a life will attract many women readers . . . [who] will warm to Swallow."

– Publishers Weekly