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Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey Paperback – March 2, 2009
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Jessica Bram, a witty and honest writer, is here to tell you that there's a lot people aren't telling you about your divorce, and most of it is actually pretty good news.
Ms. Bram doesn't sugar-coat the pain, fear and confusion that come through the process of tearing one home into two. In there are all the gut-wrenching legal battles that feel so much like being under seige, the guilt at what she's doing to her children, the anger at the man who was supposed to love her forever now turning into an enemy. But the resounding message throughout each lovely chapter is, "I made it, and so can you." It is a genuinely uplifting book. By the time you get to the chapter "Friends With My Ex-Husband," you feel like although it can be dark during a divorce, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
If you're expecing a "how-to" of happy divorce, this isn't the book for you. It's a series of stand-alone first-person essays about one woman's experience. But in many ways, it's even better than a how-to. It's certainly more personal, touching and well-written. You feel like you're talking to a sister or old friend who has gone through what you're going through - and is here to let you know that everything will be okay.Read more ›
That is, Bram’s telling of the story contains none of the hostile verbiage, some of the legal jousting, but none of the sometime explosive combat associated with the causes, reasons, arguments, and mediation involved in an often-unsatisfactory settlement. In the end the parties appear pleased with the outcomes. She gets the children; he gets to be father to his children all the time they grow up, and she gets to exercise the prerogative to date [funny] and to remarry [the ever after part].
The book opens with the author, Jessica Bram, leaving her nineteen year marriage at the age of forty-one, with three young children. In her introduction, she admits that finding the courage to get out of her marriage was hard:
"Hard like childbirth, like building a skyscraper or perhaps demolishing one. As hard as any of the most formidable challenges I had ever faced -- every college or graduate school degree, every major disruption, every relocation, every turnaround.
But then, as after childbirth, a glorious new life emerged at this time, my own. After my divorce I emerged into sunlight, stunned and blinking. Disoriented, yes, and many, many times afraid. But only then did life begin. Only then did I start to piece together, for the first time ever, a life that had fresh air and laughter, challenges and triumphs. A life of outer joys and for the first time, inner peace.
I am here to say that it can be done."
In a refreshing down-to-earth writing style, Bram reveals how she coped with the rollercoaster of emotions as she went through the divorce process. She discusses how she raised her children in a loving atmosphere and worked with her ex-husband to be sure that they always acted in a way that was best for the children.
"How did these children of a painful, difficult divorce turn out?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for a friend who's in the midst of a divorce and I don't know yet what she thinks about it, but from what I caught of the book I give two thumbs up.Published on January 25, 2014 by Rwojo
I am among those women fortunate enough not to personally need this book, but I love family members and friends who would find it very helpful. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Pat Schneider
A down to earth realistic book: When you divorce you may go through many stages specifically navigating assets/ finances. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Alexandria,Va USA
I found it to be a wonderfully uplifting collection of stories about life after divorce and the evolution of a family. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Tara Eisenhard
In a voice that is honest and wise, Jessica Bram shares her journey through divorce with readers who may be asking themselves how divorce could lead to anything good. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Nelly Marco
A wonderful read that flows, entertains and makes you feel less alone. Jessica helps you conjure up and understand all the emotions associated with divorce, and moves you through... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Joan Rogliano
I picked up Jessica Bram's book at the Next Chapter Expo [Denver 2011], the first, post-divorce expo in the country. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by SheilaB Coach
Happily Ever After Divorce is just the right dose of reality, humor and inspirational anecdotes. Jessica Bram's story shows us that even an experience as dreadful as divorce is not... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Sarsania Says
This book has no credibility because it was written by the person who decided to dump her marriage. She could have done every one of the fabulous things she did post-marriage while... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Shattered Family