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Beautifully written, immanently readable
on March 20, 2010
Falling Apart in One Piece is one of the most beautifully written, immanently readable books I have come across in years. The fact that it's a memoir brought the story to life for me. As I read, I marveled that the author not only survived the divorce with aplomb, but also managed to put pen to paper to write such an elegant, articulate, thoughtful memoir.
The writing is crisp yet powerful. I felt like I was there, living her experiences, even though I know after reading what this family went through that there is no way for one to feel like they were there. But Morrison brings the experience to life in a way that lulled me into thinking I lived it.
Not only is the story moving, but her observations -- about marriage, divorce, our reactions to them -- are spot on. I'm fascinated that one person could process everything that happened, and, at the same time, make sound social observations. The fact that Morrison can do both -- relay her personal experience, and bubble them up to a broader social context -- sets the book apart.
I've read other reviews where people say they couldn't connect with such an accomplished, financially-independent narrator as a "single mother", but it didn't bother me. The author is telling her story, and it's obvious that she earned her career successes and the accompanying spoils. The fact that she could afford a nanny or had parents who were able to loan her money does not detract from her story or the pain of her divorce. If anything, hearing such stark admissions of where her marriage failed from someone so accomplished reminds the reader that the grass is not always greener, and everyone's pain is their pain.
I'm already looking forward to her next book.