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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce | [Stacy Morrison]

Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce

Just when Stacy Morrison thought she had it all, her husband of 10 years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed lots of work, a new baby who needed lots of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The most astonishing aspect of Stacy Morrison’s account of the end of her marriage in Falling Apart in One Piece is her willingness to unflinchingly examine her own complicity in its demise — and to do so in front of a vast audience of potentially hostile strangers. Ultimately that brave and public self-examination is also the book’s greatest gift.

Listening to a book amplifies the already intimate experience of reading and here author also serves as narrator. There is an unrehearsed pain in Stacy’s voice as she recounts the night her husband Chris declared their 13-year-long marriage over with the simple but chilling phrase “I’m done”. There is no hiding from her authentic sorrow, the naked grief in her voice when she says: “I slid slowly down the cabinets until I was sitting on the kitchen floor and I cried for all the ways I had failed, and all the ways I did not know how to fix my life.” So, prepare yourself.

Stacy’s life is stamped with ambition. Her passion for her career in publishing is an indelible part of her personality and this narrative. You may recognize her as the most recent Editor in Chief of Redbook, the venerable 107-year-old women’s magazine. Or you might know of her first incarnation in that role at Modern Bride, a position she held at the very tender age of 29.

But those remarkable achievements can’t save her marriage, and nothing can change the fact that she now faces life as a single parent to their five-month-old son Zach. Stacy wonders out loud if her drive for success is the final wedge between her and Chris, “Reason #159”. Or is it her optimism and her generous love of people, a nature that sits in sharp contrast to his introverted and worrying one, that ultimately breaks them apart. She also asks, but never gets to know why, their recently purchased Brooklyn house begins to flood and then leak, along with her emotional life. Both marriage and house were seemingly intact when she had started on this particular leg of her journey.

We read memoirs for any number of reasons, including the hope that we’ll find insight into our own problems and possibly, solutions. Stacy reminds us that, “Divorce is such a personal experience,” even as she welcomes us into her bedroom and onto her kitchen floor. In this book I did not find a previously whole woman putting together the broken pieces, but instead a woman made whole for the first time: through the willingness to ask the hardest questions of, and ultimately grant forgiveness to, the most important person in her life — herself. —Lisa Duggan

Publisher's Summary

Just when Stacy Morrison thought she had it all, her husband of 10 years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed lots of work, a new baby who needed lots of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York 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 determination was going to save her marriage. For Stacy, the only solution was to keep on living, and to listen - as deeply and openly as possible - to what this experience was teaching her.

Told with humor and heart, her honest and intimate account of the stress of being a working mother while trying to make sense of her unraveling marriage offers unexpected lessons of love, forgiveness, and dignity that will resonate with women everywhere.

©2010 Stacy Morrison (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“[Morrison] presents her triumphant redefinition in fine form for editorial fodder.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karen 07-18-14
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    "The author should have had a professional narrator"
    Would you try another book from Stacy Morrison and/or Stacy Morrison?

    Not if it's read by the author.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Ms. Morrison had a huge support system, promising career, and was not financially devastated.... it was hard to listen to. "I had to fire my nanny, handed her an envelope stuffed with cash "... Are you kidding me? That said, I'd bet my experience would have been different with a proper narrater. The bland mono tone style of reading unfortunately kills the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was like listening to a bored middle school student read aloud in class.


    Could you see Falling Apart in One Piece being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-05-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-05-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "A beautifully tragic trip through divorce"

    A brutal look at the unraveling of a marriage and the struggle to maintain sanity through the journey and keeping the child front and center.

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    J. Hsieh 04-17-12
    J. Hsieh 04-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "beautifully written, balanced and insightful"

    a very candid personal account of writer's struggle through her personal valley of a broken marriage. wonderfully and insightfully written. even handed and fair. very touching and also uplifting. even though i do not share this personal experience, it helped me to understand better others who have traveled the road of divorce

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-09-12
    Amy LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great to listen to while going through a divorce."
    What made the experience of listening to Falling Apart in One Piece the most enjoyable?

    I was really able to relate to this and it helped me to understand how I'm feeling in ways I hadn't realized before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty of it. And the fact Stacy didn't place blame.


    Which character – as performed by Stacy Morrison – was your favorite?

    Stacy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted it to last.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myriam Valencia, CA, United States 11-21-10
    Myriam Valencia, CA, United States 11-21-10

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    "Worth every minute"

    Although my divorce was 4 years ago, i wished I had heard this audio book then. She was able to verbalize things I experienced and thoughts so well. She would of eliminated a lot of undue analyzing because she put words to my pain. The healing is in addressing the pain and she does a great job making you face the different stages of a divorce. Although I related to her especially as a working woman and mother. I think this would be helpful for both men and women experiencing divorce for a variety of reasons. Happy Healing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S New York, NY, United States 08-22-10
    S New York, NY, United States 08-22-10
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    "of love, of loss and leaky basements..."

    I loved this book. Anyone who has ever been through a divorce or has been close enough to witness a marriage mid-wreck knows that getting to the other side with any measure of grace remaining is damn near impossible. I approached this book with caution... but at no point did this book turn whiny, self-indulgent or pitiful. If you're looking for a train wreck, move on. There is no preaching or look-at-me here, just a story of love and loss and leaky basements. I love Stacy Morrison, I would like to tell her she did good. She came through with extraordinary grace, strength and self-awareness. I set down my earbuds knowing that there was some healing in telling her story, and who doesn't need more of that?

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    Jesse Hamburg, NY, USA 05-10-10
    Jesse Hamburg, NY, USA 05-10-10
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    "Where was the optimism?"

    I did not connect with this author and am thinking that a female audience may be more receptive. Was looking for uplifting, and did not find it here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-07-10
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-07-10 Member Since 2003

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    "Did not connect"

    I did not connect to this character and story, for the simple reason that the author/narrator's delivery was flat and unemotional and sounded like a canned script, or as though she was reading a grocery list. I don't usually like a lot of drama but this narration seemed weirdly disconnected to the story.

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    Evan Oakland, CA, United States 04-05-10
    Evan Oakland, CA, United States 04-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Falling apart in one piece...."

    I would suggest that Stacey might release this book in 20 years, with updates..how did this custody effect Zak as a young adult?

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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