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A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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"With the same self-effacing prose found in her debut, Gillies describes her journey from the pain of lost love to the land of the living with humor and compassion ... Readers who enjoyed the author's earlier memoir--and books like it--will find her saga engrossing and heartfelt ... Readers will cheer along with the author, whose heart overflows in the conclusion of this enduring story of life after love."―Kirkus Reviews
"Isabel Gillies gives us a story of unexpected romance, unfolding the story of her journey from divorce heartbreak and single motherhood to new love and family with genuine intimacy and humor."―Julie Metz, author of the New York Times bestseller
"So charmed, so enamored was I by this tale of love lost and found that I would have sat down to lavish it with praise the minute I put the book down, but I was weeping too hard. We all want to believe in second chances, in broken hearts mended, and at its core, this is a book about that kind of hope. Brava."―Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War and Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion
About the Author
Isabel Gillies is the author of Happens Every Day: An All-Too True Story. She graduated from New York University with a BFA in film and is also known for her television role as Detective Stabler's wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.
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The description of her young son a having a meltdown at the end of his father's visit was devastating. He tries to put his parent's hands together and begs his father not to leave. Gillies graciously writes how much this must have crushed her husband, but I could conjure up no sympathy for a man who could act so selfishly and with utter disregard for his family.
I do wish she would have gone into more detail about the difficulties of allowing the other woman into the lives of her children. I imagine that it would be heartbreaking to see her sons bond with the woman who aided and abetted her husband in the destruction of their intact home. I realize she did not have a real choice in the matter since her husband chose to marry his mistress, but I think it would be helpful for other betrayed wives going through similar situations to learn how she accomplished this monumental task.
Gillies is probably best known for her role in "Law and order." Although I am not an avid watcher of the show, I became interested in her memoir after reading a blurb about her story. This is definitely not a weepy-divorce type of book. Rather, it an optimistic account of overcoming the pain and discomfort of divorce--only to end up on the sunny side of life.
I found the writing candid, humorous, and down to earth. The memoir itself is very reminiscent of a diary, as Gillies reflects upon intimate issues. At one point, she even confesses to feeling unwanted--her ex-husband loves another woman, her mother is tired of seeing the constant ruckus in her apartment that comes from Isabel and her two children, her friends try to unsuccessfully match her up with potential suitors, and life in New York is giving her a hard time. It's the kind of memoir that is both interesting and highly relatable.
But it wasn't just the pacing. Or the subject matter. (Love and loss will never get old. Anyone want to join me for a hundredth screening of Out of Africa?) Gillies’ writing has blossomed in this second memoir. She’s wonderfully clever, but in a way that moves the story relentlessly forward instead of distracting from it as so many writers’ cleverness does. I am enthralled by her Voice. She really seems to have found that elusive personal quality that every budding writer seeks. I was delighted to accompany her from page to page to page.
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Now I've read the sequel, and I gotta say: Boy, was it better than the first one! In fact, I almost have to wonder whether it was edited by someone. But never mind, I don't want or need to know. I enjoyed it very much and wound up admiring Isabel a very great deal.
As to Josiah: What kind of juvenile, self-indulgent guy is that? Sorry, Isabel, I know you don't want me to speak badly of Josiah, and I can understand. But why couldn't you - and the children - have remained in your beloved home in Oberlin? Why didn't he just move in with Sylvia and leave you where you were? You can hear that I've been through divorce myself, right?
It's a lovely book.
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