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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419706705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419706707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cynthia Copeland is the author of several humorous books on parenting, including The Diaper Diaries, Fun on the Run, and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. She lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

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I hope Cynthia will write a sequel!
Cristina Growden
The author has the talent and ability to take one of the most difficult times in her life, put it under a microscope and write about it with humor, love and sadness.
CA Mom
I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone who has ever been through a breakup.
Paige

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When my husband of 22 years announced abruptly in 2009 that he would be moving out in two months, and taking with him my beloved son 50% of the time, i was devastated.

Former husband neglected to tell me at that time that the impetus for him ending the marriage was because he fell for a former student, a woman he subsequently hired as a work colleague. Frankly she was as complicit as Ex. in the end of the marriage. After all, takes 2 to tango.

As Ex was sailing out the door, he implored me to 'just get over it, it's 'no big deal, everyone gets divorced.' It was as though he equated the end of a lengthy marriage with the inconvienence of a shoe lace coming untied.

In an effort to attempt to cope, I bought a stack of divorce books 12 inches high. They were depressing, and only added to my sheer misery. Further, they provided inane solutions for problems of an unimaginable magnitude.

Good Riddance contextualized all of the destruction of divorce with Insight and HUMOR.
In 'Good Riddance' Cynthia Copeland provides the first accurate, humorous and ultimately hopeful book about divorce.
I am so grateful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CA Mom on May 7, 2013
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What a brave and wonderful book. It has something for everyone - divorced or not. The author has the talent and ability to take one of the most difficult times in her life, put it under a microscope and write about it with humor, love and sadness. I wanted to cry with her when her little boy went away for the weekend and I laughed out loud when she described life with a parrot, rabbit and hermit crab! The illustrations are fantastic - fun to look at, poignant and witty. They add to the written words and give the reader a more in-depth way to see what was happening. I will recommend this book to everyone I know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By New grandpa on May 7, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting memoir!

I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever gone through a breakup or wants to read a funny uplifting book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paige on May 7, 2013
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I'm a big fan of illustrated memoirs (I count David Small's STITCHES among my favorites), and Copeland's warm, honest, and ultimately inspiring memoir doesn't disappoint. The author's even-handed treatment of her ex-husband, even when examining how and why their marriage crumbled, never feels bitter, and she never comes off as self-pitying; instead, Copeland always remains humorously self-deprecating. Memoirs focusing on relationships can also risk veering into navel-gazing territory, but Copeland manages to be introspective without alienating the reader. Instead, you can't help but fall in love with her and root for her as she tries to move on and give love a second chance.

I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone who has ever been through a breakup. It's an accessible, touching and inspirational memoir with just the right dose of humor. And ultimately, I just love that it's something completely different--Copeland brings a woman's voice to a genre usually dominated by male writers, and she reflects on a difficult topic in a surprisingly earnest and funny way. Five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on June 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
Infidelity is never easy for an unsuspecting spouse, especially one who is blindsided by her husband's indiscretions and learns about them accidentally. That's what happened to Cynthia (Cindy) Copeland when she stumbles upon a series of emails her husband left open on the family computer. Suddenly, the happy marriage she thought she had is crumbling, and life as she knows it will never be the same again.

Of course, infidelity, while sad and often devastating, is rather commonplace, in storytelling and in real life. What makes it interesting reading is when the storyteller can delve beyond the obvious and find the inner pain, revelations, and emotional connections that draw readers in and compel them to become absorbed in this story. Copeland manages that in Good Riddance, her memoir about her divorce, which took place more than a decade ago.

Good Riddance shines in the smaller moments, such as a page where Copeland frets about being the first person in her family to get a divorce (an understandable fear), or when a good friend experiences a similar betrayal, but makes very different choices.

Some of the typical wounded-divorcée bitterness sneaks in, but at the same time, it's interesting to watch a mostly amicable divorce unfold. Copeland tells her husband, "No matter how I feel, T.J., I'll never say anything derogatory about you to the kids," or "I promise I'll do everything I can to make it easy for you and the kids to get together." This is obviously a one-sided story --- memoirs usually are --- but still, Copeland seems to struggle earnestly to depict events evenly and fairly.

While Good Riddance claims to be a memoir of divorce, the truth is that it's really a memoir about how life unfolds after one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgiana Celestin on May 18, 2013
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This is my first Cynthia Copeland read. Good Riddance was entertaining and thought provoking. I felt like I really got to know the people involved. Good Riddance made me laugh, sad, angry and happy. The book really took you through the highs and lows of a marriage and family life. It was great reading and watching the illustrations of the woman getting back in touch with herself and what was important to her. The illustrations were a perfect pairing with the story and helped to show the emotions of the authors words. I can see the work and effort that went behind illustrating one's life and bearing part of your soul, especially the bad things that happened to you. Wonderful job.
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