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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 23, 2010
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—ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF EAT, PRAY, LOVE AND COMMITTED
“Stacy Morrison’s memoir is as sweet as it is sad, both honest as an anvil and full of genuine hope. Morrison’s buoyant prose and hard-earned wisdom make the mess and roar of love, however difficult, all seem worthwhile.”
—Karen Karbo, author of The Stuff of Life: A Daughter’s Memoir
“I loved it. Raw, wonderful, honest, brash, truth-telling—Falling Apart in One Piece is a story about learning to let go and come to terms with the journey of life. It is a book for anyone whose life has just taken an unexpected turn and who needs to be reminded that not only can they be happy again, but that the human spirit is capable of great resilience.” —Lee Woodruff, author of Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress
About the Author
Before becoming editor in chief of Redbook magazine, she was Executive Editor at Marie Claire, working on the international advocacy projects, and had previously been the editor in chief of Modern Bride magazine and the venture-funded dot.com/magazine about design, One (which won three Ozzie awards in its short lifespan). She was also a part of the launches of Conde Nast Sports for Women, Time Out New York, and Mirabella magazine.
She lives in Brooklyn with her 4-year-old son, Zack, whose father is at the house many, many times a week.
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is crisp yet powerful. I felt like I was there, living her experiences, even though I know after reading what this family went through that there is no way for one to feel like they were there. But Morrison brings the experience to life in a way that lulled me into thinking I lived it.
Not only is the story moving, but her observations -- about marriage, divorce, our reactions to them -- are spot on. I'm fascinated that one person could process everything that happened, and, at the same time, make sound social observations. The fact that Morrison can do both -- relay her personal experience, and bubble them up to a broader social context -- sets the book apart.
I've read other reviews where people say they couldn't connect with such an accomplished, financially-independent narrator as a "single mother", but it didn't bother me. The author is telling her story, and it's obvious that she earned her career successes and the accompanying spoils. The fact that she could afford a nanny or had parents who were able to loan her money does not detract from her story or the pain of her divorce. If anything, hearing such stark admissions of where her marriage failed from someone so accomplished reminds the reader that the grass is not always greener, and everyone's pain is their pain.
I'm already looking forward to her next book.
I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong. I really enjoyed this read. Morrison takes us through the years surrounding her divorce - from the time her husband announces that he is leaving, through the months that they're still together, supposedly trying to work on their relationship, the date her husband moves out, and the difficulties in being the one left behind with a child to raise. Meanwhile, she is still recovering from being fired from one job and obtaining a new, high-pressure one, a house that is falling apart in some respects, injuries to her child, and a disaster during the beach vacation she tries to take.
What really struck me most about this memoir is how Morrison managed to be completely honest about her feelings and situation with consistently falling into a "poor me" role. I felt like I could really understand how she must feel to be suddenly single in a group of marrieds, to be so anxious about the house, and in other emotionally-charged situations, but since she always takes action to address those problems, I always felt like she was making a huge effort to move forward. I also appreciated seeing how her relationship with her husband evolved and how she was finally able to look past the pain and admit to certain unworkable aspects of the marriage. At the end of the story, I felt like she offered hope, but still didn't sugarcoat how the divorce would continue to affect her.Read more ›
Am I any better of for reading it? Meh. It was a quick easy read and it didn't suck but it's hard to recommend unless you're just really curious about the details of one person's perspective of going through their divorce.
Morrison spends most of the book wondering why her husband is leaving/left her. He told her why: he didn't want to do "this" anymore (be a husband and have a family)...although he would still have his son (part-time), so he would still be a family with him, wouldn't he? So, he did not want to be with Morrison any more. And I can kind of tell why. She wasn't very nice to him sometimes, she was demanding, assertive, etc...he didn't like that she always made all the plans. She took him for granted. She assumed he'd always be there, putting up with her. When he tells her he wants to leave, nowhere did I ever read the word "love." She didn't ask if he didn't love her any more. She didn't tell him that she still loved him. Their husband/wife love didn't seem to be a factor in the marriage, at all. His leaving just appears to be a major inconvenience. Now she will have to handle everything on her own. Not until the end of the book does she remark that the first thing that upset her was the thought of the love that she was going to lose. She doesn't specifically say her husband's love...but he had not been acting any differently for years, I took it, so what "love" did she currently have that she was losing?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish I would have written this book myself. I think that she worded this perfectly with all the doubts, all the sadness and the pain. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brandi Hamerstone
I have been reading everything I can find to help me understand my recent split with my husband. This book is well written and offers a good look at surviving and even thriving... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Cheryl
I really wanted to like this book. I kept waiting for the self discovery and survival to arrive, but it never really did and I never caught much of a glimpse of the self... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by TobieH
Everyone's divorce story is different yet so similar. I myself divorced my high school sweetheart after discovering he had been sleeping with an acquaintance of ours. Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Jeanette Stingley
Sigh, I knew this book would bring tears to my eyes and at points, it did. The best books always evoke some sort of emotion and this one will have you on a roller coaster. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Mary Bookhounds
Falling apart in one piece: One optimist's journey through the hell of divorce is author, Stacy Morrison's memoir. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Cheryl Koch
What I Can Tell You:
I read this book last night in just a few hours. Stacy has lived through one of my biggest fears. Being married is hard work. Read more
the book was received in a timely manner and the condition was pristine. i would recommend this seller again and again.Published on February 22, 2011 by mimi