From Publishers Weekly
Housden found motherhood a continual struggle. She yearned to be the dutiful and diligent wife her demanding husband, Claude, wanted. When their second child, three-year-old Hannah, developed cancer, Housden's dreams of a perfect life vanished. Hannah's death soon after the birth of Housden's third child provoked a renewed desire to rectify her marital problems, and she and Claude had a fourth baby. But the wounds of Hannah's death hadn't healed for either parent. And then Housden (Hannah's Gift
) met writer Roger Housden and found joy for the first time in years. She divorced Claude and allowed him primary custody of their children, believing that would allow her to be a more loving, attentive mother. Housden's emotional tale alternates between past and present, exploring her choices and revealing her determination to succeed as a writer. Throughout, Hannah's influence over Housden is palpable, and the sections relating to Hannah have the most resonance. With a stronger sense of self, Housden moved cross-country to live with Roger, visiting her children on weekends. Housden's poignant, raw book has no easy answers for life's difficult moments, but her bravery will soothe those enduring similar trials.
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“Maria Housden gives the rest of us permission to live lives of truth. Unraveled
once again proves that hers is a voice to be reckoned with. She brilliantly and with subtle lyricism negotiates the shoals of love and loss, but it’s more than that. . . . Housden consistently leaves her readers wiser, less alone, and cradling a palpable sense of the very good possibility of triumph.” —Suzanne Finnamore, author of Otherwise Engaged
and The Zygote Chronicles
“Maria Housden probes the rewarding/maddening underside of what it means to be a wife and mother. In her brave quest for self-fulfillment, she empowers others to challenge expectations. Her gentle wisdom is a gift to us all.” —Suzy Farbman, author of Back from Betrayal
“Learning to live without knowing, accepting uncertainty and yet following the heart’s yearning and wisdom. These are the lessons Maria Housden so elegantly shares in this deeply personal recounting of her life. Her words have made me a better woman.” —Arielle Ford, author of Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover
does for mothers everywhere what M. Scott Peck did for truth seekers in The Road Less Traveled
. Absolutely brilliant.” —Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment
and The Boy He Left Behind
“Housden has taken all of her pain and accepted its place and purpose in her life, and now shares her inspiration with the world. If you are a mother struggling to know who you are, this book will inspire you to your core.” —Tara Paterson, founder of JustForMom.com