From Publishers Weekly
After nearly 20 years of marriage, the Pohlmans, in the final stages of divorce, decide to spend a year in Italy, a decision their "marital therapist called... an elaborate scheme of avoidance at best." The resulting story is full of charm, Kodak moments, and tumult typical of Americans abroad. In Italy, the family faces daily challenges, like unraveling the mysterious bus system ("...something left over from the days of Mussolini?") and dealing with the government. Even the simple act of purchasing groceries is an exercise in frustration. But eventually, Susan and Tim adapt, learning how to be spouses again, and even friends. The family perseveres, pulls together, sheds some of their American patina, and learns a new way of life in a country known for a commitment to family. Not many mothers can boast a midnight swim with a 14-year-old daughter or dropping plans to ice skate with their children simply because they wanted to. The Pohlmans' adventure is the stuff that dreams are made of.
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'Don't pass up the chance to read this remarkable story.' --Good Housekeeping
'Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home offers hope to readers who yearn to embrace a rich new beginning.' --Dallas Morning News
'Susan's memoir is candid, inspirational, and impossible to put down.' --Boulder Book Store
'In a voice genuine and likable, (Pohlman) writes about a year that really rocked her world, a year during which she turned a hard gaze on herself -- on her choices, her behaviors and her words -- in a way that sounds easy to do but isn't. Yet the narrative gains quiet power as the Pohlmans shed their reserve, venture out into different parts of Italy and then of wider Europe, and discover a new vitality in opening up to the world around them, and to each other.' --Bookslut.com
'Sometimes in your life you are confronted or presented with something that will forever change your view, your outlook, your life. Books and movies are likely places this can happen. I was presented with such a book just a month ago and it has forever changed the way I look at myself, my marriage, and my life.' --Real Women Scrap
'This is the best book I have read in a long time. In her debut book, Halfway to Each Other, Pohlman brings it home. Susan captures the heart of everyone who has struggled with marriage, relationships and the deepest questions of their souls. Our family doesn't have to move to a foreign land to find each other though, we can apply Pohlman's inspirational principles to our own lives, right here in Scottsdale, Arizona.' --Krellfish
'What I love about Halfway to Each Other is its ability to keep me laughing and on the verge of tears in alternating sections throughout the book.' --Basil and Spice