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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: #1,202,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Copeland’s light-hearted and comical artwork, reminiscent of Roz Chast’s, takes some of the sting out of her sorrows, allowing readers to nod in sympathy or chuckle at her missteps.” 
(Publishers Weekly)

"Even as she tells a story that is sometimes heartbreaking, Copeland has a way of making you laugh out loud.  Full of insight about family, friendship, love, and resilience, Good Riddance is essential reading for anyone who has ever gone through a divorce."
(J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement)

"Copeland takes us gently through a tough chronicle of divorce with wit, humor and more than a little hope."
(Phoebe Potts, author of Good Eggs)

"For anyone who's ever been dumped and had to start over, this charming book should be required reading. Grab a glass (ok, bottle) of wine and settle in. There's a light at the end of your tunnel and it starts with Good Riddance."
(Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author)

“Copeland has a charming art style . . . and because of her experience in the self-help/instructional publishing field, she brings a welcome specificity to the subject. Good Riddance isn’t a rant against cheating spouses; it’s more a step-by-step breakdown on how it feels to have a comfortable life upended overnight.”
(The A.V. Club)

“I was struck by a page on which Copeland sends her youngest off for his first overnight in the home of T.J. and his new wife. The author-artist uses just a few words and images to convey an entire world of maternal despair. Copeland and other ‘graphic memoirists’ have me convinced that illustrated books—unlike Trix®—aren’t just for kids anymore.”
(AARP.com)

Works such as Copeland’s deserve your attention even if you aren’t married or divorced, because the human experience can be entertaining and moving.”
(ComicMix)

About the Author

Cynthia L. Copeland is the author/illustrator of more than twenty-five books for adults and children. She has sold over three-quarters of a million books in seven languages, and her books have been recommended by Oprah, Regis Philbin, Ann Landers, and the hosts of Good Morning America. Her book Fun on the Run won a National Parenting Publications Gold Award (NAPPA) in 2004, and a book in her Dilly’s series, Dilly’s Summer Camp Diary, was selected by Parents magazine as a "Best Summer Book" for 2000. Cindy lives in rural New Hampshire with her family.


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I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone who has ever been through a breakup.
Paige
In 'Good Riddance' Cynthia Copeland provides the first accurate, humorous and ultimately hopeful book about divorce.
Anna Weaver
The author describes a complex time in her life with incredible humor and self reflection.
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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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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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3 of 4 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 3 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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The first 20 pages pull you in and let you feel how she felt when she discovered her husbands infidelity. I felt it. It was crushing. Yet, she maintains enough composure to always put the kids first as she deals with all of the fall out. She brings humor in her telling of the story and you feel hopeful that though painful, families can get through to the other side and still be OK!
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loved this view into the daily issues that arise when a marriage breaks apart.

Ms. Copeland's presentation is captivating. It has humor, surely pathos, just
everyday decisions requiring life to continue.

Highly recommend and the art portrayal seems to that the sting out of the
sadness of the situation.
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