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Split: A Memoir of Divorce
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?Not only funny, it's also fully triumphant...a heartbreaking pleasure to read.?(Elle)

Suzanne Finnamore didn't see it coming. Well, she saw some things?for example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and an indecipherable name?but she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their son and creating the perfect home. Until the night it all imploded. ?I deserve happiness,? he said, which apparently translated into ousting her from his life. At once funny, sad, and unflinchingly fierce, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured the end of a relationship?and come out on the other side changed.

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Suzanne Finnamore. (2008). Split: A Memoir of Divorce. Penguin Publishing Group.

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?Not only funny, it's also fully triumphant...a heartbreaking pleasure to read.?(Elle)

Suzanne Finnamore didn't see it coming. Well, she saw some things?for example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and an indecipherable name?but she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their son and creating the perfect home. Until the night it all imploded. ?I deserve happiness,? he said, which apparently translated into ousting her from his life. At once funny, sad, and unflinchingly fierce, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured the end of a relationship?and come out on the other side changed.

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        November 26, 2007
        California journalist and author Finnamore (The Zygote Chronicles
        ) renders a sharp, cut-to-the-quick account of her painful divorce after five years of marriage. Living in the canyons of tony Marin County with her marketing v-p husband, N, and their toddler son she calls A, the author is devastated by N’s announcement that he wants a divorce—and yet she is not surprised. In brief, astute chapters riddled with a dry, deadpan humor, the author reconstructs this surreal journey from giddy romance with a suave older man (she is 40, while he is in his 50s), through motherhood and the dawning suspicions of his infidelity, to his abandonment and denial that he is involved with someone else. Finnamore enlists various characters to see her through her crisis, which spans denial and anger, grief and acceptance: her jaded, long remarried mother, Bunny, who brings the pain-killers and stocks the house with junk food; her no-nonsense diminutive friend Lisa, who remarks upon hearing the news of the divorce, “You have no idea how I have longed for this day”; and her vehemently antimarriage childhood buddy Christian. Eschewing a divorce lawyer, Finnamore manages to come through with the help of her friends and conveys in this frank, winning memoir her supreme vulnerability and bravery.

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        January 15, 2008
        Finnamore, already an accomplished novelist (see her best-selling "Otherwise Engaged" and "The Zygote Chronicles", a 2002 "Washington Post" Best Book of the Year), here easily makes the transition to creative nonfiction. She presents a treatise on an important subject in family relationsdivorce, specifically, her owndescribing how she learned of her ex-husband's infidelity, realized he wasn't the right man for her, struggled as a single mother, and came to terms with losing her status as a "happily married woman." Progressing through Elisabeth Kbler-Ross's five stages of death and dyingdenial, anger, bargaining, grief, and acceptanceshe expertly creates scenes spiced with dialog to convey her emotions. One memorable moment depicts Finnamore sharpening knives by her kitchen sink as she introduces the section on anger. Good reading; recommended for public libraries.Dorris Douglass, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN

        Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 15, 2008
        In this mordant memoir, novelist Finnamore takes readers through the dark, devastating days of her divorce. She begins with the moment her then-husband, referred to only as N, announces hes leaving (he tells her shes beautiful first), tracing her traumatic emotional journey through denial, anger, bargaining, grief, and, ultimately, acceptance. Its not that there werent signs: a womans name scribbled on a cocktail napkin, a small volume of Zen poetry amorously inscribed to N. But Finnamore cant believe that a relationship sprinkled with romantic moments and satisfying sex became so ravaged and raw. Finnamore changes names and details to protect the innocent. She also directs plenty of invective at her ex (though she says the two are now best friends). Part advice manual, part rant, this potent read percolates with Finnamores acerbic wit: There are so many marriage ceremonies, she writes, there ought to be one for divorce. Instead of rice, people could throw fistfuls of cash and light hallucinogens.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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?Not only funny, it's also fully triumphant...a heartbreaking pleasure to read.?(Elle)

Suzanne Finnamore didn't see it coming. Well, she saw some things?for example, a cocktail napkin on which her husband had scribbled a Cole Porter love song and an indecipherable name?but she refused to acknowledge it. She was busy tending to their son and creating the perfect home. Until the night it all imploded. ?I deserve happiness,? he said, which apparently translated into ousting her from his life. At once funny, sad, and unflinchingly fierce, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured the end of a relationship?and come out on the other side changed.

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