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A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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"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
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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.
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.
Truth be known, Gillies sees herself as a difficult and histrionic woman, insecure and prone to acting out on her insecurity when she's hypoglycemic, cold or feeling threatened by her deep sense of fear about being able to make it in her life. I especially thought the listing of "mothers" being a cause of her insecurity and feeling "unlovable" was sensitive and courageous to point out, as though there were a mysterious gene being passed down from generation to generation that foretold or forbade them from having children who would feel whole and loved, especially if they happened to be dyslexic at the same time.
So, there seem to be deeper strains and themes to what's been going on in her life, in her mother's life and in the way things may turn out in this hopeful, "happily ever after" memoir. I wish her the best because I think we all suffer from some or many imperfections of personality, emotional stability and relationship related foibles. At least Isabel Gillies has what matters most: which is self-honesty and the courage to own up to her own weaknesses. That's what they call character and integrity. Kudos to her for that! She's also lucky to have understanding and loving parents. I wish her well and I hope she's happy for a long time.
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I was surprised I would like Gillie's follow-up book. As others have said, it's hard to feel much in common with a person who has parents who can afford to take a single mom and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dewey Decimal Fan
This book tells a refreshing and heartfelt story about how to start over when life takes an unexpected turn. Isabel Gillies is brilliant.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Nice Follow-up to "Happens Every Day," Ms. Gillies first book about the disintegration of her first marriage. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Brock
I have mixed feelings about this book. I am going through a difficult transition myself, not unlike Isabel's, and I thought it might help. Read morePublished 21 months ago by StingRaySam
That is all I want to say. It was a moderately good story to me. It could be a hope inspiring story to a person in the circumstances in the story.Published on July 25, 2014 by Laura Lamer-Thomas
This book is a great follow up to her first book. So relative to what I'm going through and a source of inspiration!Published on June 8, 2014 by Lisa
It felt like I was going through the situation right along with her! Her writing is raw and pulls you into the story.Published on March 22, 2014 by jnajla
Very well written story, funny, substantive and helpful. I would recommend to anyone going through difficult relationship or a divorcePublished on February 17, 2014 by pip
I loved the first book more. I preferred the reading by the author. It seemed more real and authentic toe.Published on January 20, 2014 by michele krasny