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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Sixty Suns Publishing (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615530842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615530840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Except, perhaps, for a minority of believers, who grew up in the homeschool movement and married young, I think Finnigan's story is the central drama for Gen X Catholics. How do you piece together a functioning faith out of a religion whose traditions no longer speak louder than the world around it?"
Blog, "Betty Duffy"

From the Back Cover

 "'I would like to fit your face to your search,' Flannery O'Connor told a writer who, having met her once, sent her a series of anguished letters about his crisis of faith. Ellen Finnigan's book is true to her search, and the advantage of her approach is that the reader sees the searching author up close and in crisis rather than in settled retrospect." 
Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own

More About the Author

Ellen Finnigan was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Creative Nonfiction from The University of Montana, where she won the Merriam-Frontier Award, given to one student each year for distinguished achievement in writing. She was formerly a columnist for The Journal Newspapers in Washington D.C., and she occasionally contributes essays to LewRockwell.com. The Me Years is her first book.

Visit her at ellenfinnigan.com.

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I highly recommend it as both an enjoyable and spiritual novel.
J. Mathews
It hit me personally in a way and makes me wonder how my faith journey is going as well in the kind of world I live in today.
AnbuViewer
Finnigan writes with a great sense of humor and more importantly, can laugh at herself and at Life.
James Kiefer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Taylor on September 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ellen Finnegans book seemed like a mirror to my own partially completed twenties. Identifying themes such as denial of being a grownup, the uncertainties of money and the future, as well as complicated relationships, are hashed out in a hilarious, laugh out loud description of ellens arrival in the working world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noelle Daly on October 3, 2011
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Along with many of my peers, I came out of college and into "Young Adulthood" (a recent invention, that) equipped with advice from parents and teachers about how to polish a resume and network to find a job, and searching for whatever the grown-up equivalent of grades and class rankings was to measure achievement and status. I soon found out that that amounts to precious little when it comes to building a meaningful life with a solid foundation, that I had a spiritual longing for something more than what a worldview based on expressive individualism and "you go girl!" feminism had to offer.

So I found this book to be relatable on a very personal level, and also incredibly warm and funny and unflinchingly honest. More and more young people are coming of age not having been raised in any religion, and find themselves having to search for the answers to life's great questions on their own. This beautifully written memoir captures so well what an intense, and sometimes scary, journey that can be--but also shows how all the work of fumbling toward faith and striving to lead a more authentic life is always worth it. There are profound musings about God and love and learning to "man up", and also a zany workplace satire that reminded me of Joshua Ferris's "Then We Came to the End."

I'm still stumbling through the limbo of the "me years," and reading this book made me appreciate the messiness and unpredictability, and even the terrifying freedom, of this time in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnbuViewer on December 13, 2012
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It has been a while since I read a book that captured my attention like this. I could not put it down until the very end. It was provocative, funny, scandalous, and everything a Hollywood movie could ask for except it most probably would fail. It would be almost impossible to make this into any clear motion picture due to the randomness of it, the real human emotion of it, and the spiritual side of the author always there but rarely able to be looked at. Although a bit more dramatic romance than expected, the experience (or experiences depending on how one looked at it) does show a clear mirror as to how the urban culture has turned out to be and how the norm is today. It hit me personally in a way and makes me wonder how my faith journey is going as well in the kind of world I live in today.

What caught me off guard the most was the ending. Whether or not it was the author's intention to leave the reader wondering, it is what happened to me. I did expect some happy ending with a final conclusion of what she had learned and how she will live her life. The exact opposite was the case. It was a description of how she sees her spirituality and where her journey has taken her so far, and "so far" are the two important words of this sentence.

There were points that may have been placed out of fluency in one chapter or another, but 90% percent of the time the story flowed in a clear direction as to what the author was trying to tell us.

I thought this book was absolutely fantastic, personal, engaging, and challenging for most of the population today in Pop Culture, especially Catholics of all ages of all phases. I encourage anyone, religious/spiritual or not, to learn what she had about what the norms are today before it is too late for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Smith on October 4, 2011
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This is a great book for everyone who has ever struggled with that quarter life crisis. Finnigan manages to be both hilarious and profound; accessible and yet deep. In a short few hundred pages, she captures what its like to be living in a confusing time, at a confusing age--all the while adding her startling and courageous insights. Her skill with words and incisive life observation are enough to make this book a good read, but in the end, it's the authentic telling of her journey that makes it a great one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Browning on October 3, 2011
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Author Ellen Finnigan indulges the mind with a feast of words arranged in beautiful truths. I found myself on an exciting journey laughing, crying, and connecting to her life adventures. The story gives the reader an opportunity to explore ones inner self and our projection onto our own lives.
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As Martina Navratilova said and this novel fulfills: "Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people." This memoir is labeled as Chick-Lit and Catholic Reading but to call it such is to distort the core of the novel: a life lived in the tumultuous Twenty-Something years by a writer who deals with life as it comes and records what she sees and experiences. She bares her life honestly and allows the reader to view, digest, and learn from her experiences. As a Thirty-Something man, I read her novel as a microscope to my own life, and gained much from it.

The basic story is timeless: love lost, job earned, love found, love lost, job lost, self explored. The path is the writer's alone, but the experiences are as universal as they are human. Her explorations of relationships with hopeful lovers, bums seen but not known, colleagues, lovers, basic strangers, and friends are what we all experience but rarely have the presence of mind to recognize for what they are. She captures the human connections that bind us all in a way which speaks to us all.

This novel speaks to the heart in a way few novels do, and that is why I feel it is an important novel to read.
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