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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through The Hell Of Divorce [Paperback]

Stacy Morrison

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (15 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416595570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416595571
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 256 Publisher: Simon & Schuster The Emotionally charged story of a divorce That Ought the surprising gift of graceJust when Stacy Morrison thought everything in Her life had come together HER husband of ten years Announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed a lot of work. a new baby who needed a lot of attention. and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York magazine publishing.Morrison had never been one to believe in fairy tales. As far as she was concerned. happy endings were the product of the kind of ambition and hard work that had propelled her to the top of her profession. But she had always considered her relationship with her husband a safe place in her often stressful life. All of her assumptions about how life works crumbled. though. when she discovered that no amount of will and determ...

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Have to Write It 17 Mar 2011
By Heidi Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Phew! I don't have to write the story of my divorce; Stacy Morrison has done it for me, and better than I ever could have in Falling Apart in One Piece.

One day, and seemingly out of nowhere, Stacy's husband Chris declared he was done with their marriage. Morrison takes the reader through the journey of divorce, destruction, and rebuilding in an impeccably written memoir. The piles of troubles that only begin with her divorce are revealed honestly, with a rawness mingled with elegance in the telling.

With Morrison as the guide I was able to navigate through my own story of divorce with moments of insight and moments of, "Yes, that's what I've been trying to say." And also moments of vulnerability, anger, and even a few tears. Any marriage has a story, and to realize that some of that story must be rewritten to become the tale of the present can be a startling surprise. In Falling Apart in One Piece, Morrison takes the reader through that surprise and sums up her narrative with hope that the pieces of the kaleidoscope will rearrange themselves into patterns of ever-changing beauty.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound memoir 17 Mar 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Wannabe film writer Chris informed his wife Stacy just months after they purchased a townhouse in the exclusive Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn that their marriage was over. She was taken aback as she had no inkling this was coming especially with their new home and nine month old child. Chris remained to help with her with her post marriage life as a single mom before leaving; while Stacy began to question her worth. However, heeding her own advice at Redbook and that of her steel magnolia mom, Stacy realized her only major error was pretending they were the All American family. She moved on no longer appeasing a spouse who felt she and Zack held him back, but had the decency to stay until they were settled.

The key to this profound memoir is Stacy Morrison's heartfelt personalized trek through chaos that at times feels like a journey through Dante's Inferno as there are many unpleasant and unhappy moments. The author limits her life moral generalizations learned to small knowledge gains, which in turn makes her memoir even more relevant. Powerful, Falling Apart in One Piece is a deep look at a dying marriage as the participants go though a form of the phases of grief while wondering what they could have done differently to resuscitate the relationship. This is an honest account of a personal journey to hell and back.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just o.k., missed the boat, lacked depth 11 Nov 2011
By LRoberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, divorce today is all too common. For the many friends and family I have known who have survived divorce, this scenario was not out of the ordinary and although the words were there, somehow depth was missing. In the "you'll never know why" chapter, it seems this was a missed opportunity to really self-examine and reads like a memoir that any ambitious, type A, single gear (5) person or BOSS could have written where they lament, "hey, although I worked my team almost to death, we got a lot done and I just don't understand why they left me. I just don't understand why the 360 feedback was so bad! Yea, I heard them complain and push back and yea, I mowed right over them to the finish. We had to get it all done right? We had to fit it all in and then some." I actually really felt for Chris. Like he was married to a Boss where he could never set any boundaries until he did. And sometimes a break up is the only way to deal with one track, type A people - job, freinds, sadly a marriage if they won't slow down and you do not share the same desire to keep up with all they want to do around the clock. Really about compatability, not a surprise or shock. Not to overgeneralize but this is a classic case where it sounded like he was worn out by her need to have it all, and more,. I'm curious if there is something deeper she is trying to fill up that has nothing to do with Chris and on some level, he figured this out and got out early enought to give him self a chance to start over.

Save your money. This story is not fully developed yet and will leave you empty in the end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stacy is exhausting. 25 July 2013
By Julie L. Rimer - Published on Amazon.com
While Stacy Morrison spends the majority of the book analyzing why her marriage ended, I don't think she ever really gets it. I appreciate her honesty in telling her story, but I am somewhat appalled that she is comfortable relating it. Her first reaction to almost any obstacle seems to be to cry...a lot. She has plenty of friends, family and co-workers who pitch in to help her through this crisis, but for Stacy, it's never enough. By the way, we don't seem to hear of her doing much for anybody else. She seems like the type of person who is always trying to turn attention back on herself. I was embarrassed for her as she retold how she felt left out at a gathering of couples and their children on one vacation. She is irritated that no one helps her entertain her son, Zack. Why should anyone else have to help her entertain her kid? One evening, as the adults converse, she feels left out and goes to lay on the lawn, wondering how long it will take for her friends to notice her absence and come rescue her. I would have left her on the lawn all night. She is clearly an extrovert who thrives in the company of others, but her husband seems much more introverted. She never seems to really get this major difference in their personalities, and she resents giving him space. The book is full of her ruminations about why her marriage ended and all the ways it affected her. Her detailing of these thoughts gets repetitious and boring. When she is with anyone, she reveals all these thoughts. She explains that she isn't one to censor much. For someone who cogitates this much, she doesn't seem to be very insightful. I was weary of her long before the book ended. I think her husband felt the same way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My literary lifeline... 19 May 2014
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My husband cheated on me. Then he tried to convince me that maybe we should get divorced. COMPLETELY OUT OF THE BLUE.

I am doing what I can to find others who can relate to my situation so I can figure out how to make it all work. Recently I hit a wall of reality, and was forced to let some people go from my life who for whatever reason didn't fit anymore; some were simply uncomfortable with trying to keep me in their life AND be friends with my ex and his new "girlfriend", some were too busy with their own crazy lives to return my calls (which is understandable), and some simply just didn't care. After finding out my ex had cheated on me multiple times, after finding out that some of my "friends" knew about these flings and didn't tell me, and after adjusting to him bringing her into our town and replacing me with her in our huge group of friends who I also considered family, I began the painstaking journey to figure out just where I fit in.

It turns out I didn't fit in anywhere. I was cast aside by almost every one of them, I was told I wasn't welcome at their functions (or if I was invited that I would have to leave when the new girl showed up), or told that I needed professional help and was basically "crazy".

"Falling Apart in One Piece" by Stacy Morrison has become a sort of literary lifeline for me.

The similarities of her situation to mine are absolutely uncanny. She was with her husband for a total of 13 years. Check. He told her he "didn't want to do this any more" after almost 10 years of marriage. Check. They had a son and a new house that they had just moved in to. Check. Check. He didn't support her in anything she ever wanted to do, criticized her hobbies and her friends, and made her feel completely insecure in every aspect of her life, including mothering. Check-o-rama.

I can tell that when I'm done reading this book I will be able to move on in my own life in a totally new way. For the last month or so I, like her, have been wondering if perhaps I HAVE lost it; when friends you've had for over a decade imply that you need some sort of mental help, you start to wonder. But after reading her accounts of her nights spent sobbing until she had no breath left, hiding in the furthest corner of her house so as not to wake her son, lying on the cool kitchen floor and analyzing the crumbs underneath her stove, feeling like the darkness she felt would simply overtake her, I know I'm not "crazy" at all. I experienced eerily similar circumstances myself. There are millions of men and women who have gone through the same "craziness", but a very small portion of those people have ever or will ever be diagnosed with anything other than being the victim of a very bad person who made them feel so worthless that they had nothing left to do but collapse.

The pain of adultery and divorce isn't anything another human being can empathize with you about or understand unless they have experienced it themselves. One of her comments is that she realized that "none of my friends could meet me in my alone." She hit it right on the nail.

Some of her friends did the same things as mine, they either cast her aside or tried to help until it just became too uncomfortable for them. But she did have a few who understood her enough to know what to offer, and were caring enough to hang in there with her and not take the easy road. They understood that being a friend sometimes means having to live and speak outside your own comfort zone, no matter how uncomfortable it may make you. It means digging down into your gut and doing what is right for another human being, not what is easy.

I'm not crazy, never have been, never will be. The people who truly know me laugh at the thought. They know what I've been through, they at least listen to my pain even though they know they can't fix it, and they love me for the woman they know I am. They know the horrible things that my ex did, and continues to do, and they don't just let him off on a technicality and say things like, "sometimes things just don't work out". My situation, and that of Stacy Morrison's, go way beyond anything a person with a happy marriage could ever imagine.

For any of you who might be reading this with a knife in your back, with a marriage that's falling apart, or one that already has and is not fading into your past as quickly as you had hoped, pick up this book. If you have a friend or family member who you know is going through divorce, pick up this book. It will be one of the best ways you can show you care.
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