Friday, August 10, 2012

No Matter How You Slice It---

Divorce Sucks.
I was given the opportunity to read another book through WOW Women on Writing (if you haven't visited that site, give it a look) by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg entitled Divorce Girl (more info available here).

I was excited about reading this book because of the fact that it takes place in the time that I was a high schoolcollege student (the late '70s) and being a child of divorced parents. Thankfully, my experience was nothing like the main character, Deborah. Or was it?

The point is, divorce is rough on everyone involved. We each have to find our own way through it although some of us merely trudge through it. With no resolution or understanding. And some of us find that even as adults, people close to us use our experience against us. Funny how some of us never escape something like our parents' divorce. 

Luckily for Deborah, she was able to get through it and find her way in the world. And, lucky for us, Caryn has sent us a guest post to share and is giving away a copy of her book to one reader!

What the Life of a Coming-of-Age Girl Has to Do with a Change-of-Life Woman

            I wrote The Divorce Girl based on my own experiences, taking the frame of the teenage wild-family-insanity I lived through, and inserting all new characters to learn more about my past and my present. At the same time, as someone who teaches adult learners at Goddard College and facilitates workshops for adults, what my main character, Deborah, went through in the novel also mirrors what many of us have gone through or are going through: that journey to speak our own truths, chart our own course, lead from our own hearts.
            For most of this, this is a lifelong pursuit: we dialogue with whatever is calling to us in life, finding how to both balance what we know we need to do with what we believe we have to do. It's my hope that this novel offers inspiration, and maybe even some signs and wonders along the way for your own life balancing, and if nothing else, hope and humor through the story of how one girl became a woman, and made something beautiful and strong out of her life.

If you're interested in winning a copy of Caryn's book, The Divorce Girl, just tell me in the comment section! It's definitely an interesting read!

Visit Caryn's website HERE



  1. Hi Pam, sounds a good read, if I qualify for the competition being in Italy, I am entering, thankyou for the opportunity.

  2. I have been enticed and it sounds like an interesting story, count me in :)

  3. You always find such interesting things. I didn't know your parents got divorced when you were in high school. This will sound weird, but I always considered myself more fortunate by loosing my Mom to death, rather than divorce the way my step brothers had to handle life. In my experience it was broken but I could heal. With my step-brothers they had to handle it and try and figure out why their father deserted them.
    Anyway you look at it divorce sucks.
    You have done pretty well I think.

  4. Oh my goodness. Yes. I am most interested! Love your comments on this book and on life!

  5. Lindy- I think it's fine though they may send you an e-book. Which is the way I read it. Hope that's ok!

    Lucy- It was interesting. And a little crazy. LOL You're in!

    Kim- The final divorce was while I was in college but the whole thing was ridiculous. And hard on everyone though it seemed the parents were only thinking of themselves. I think you have something there. Thanks!

    Betty- You're in! Thank you!

  6. This sounds sound like a great book and perhaps, I would see reflections of the strange and unique past that helped shape me!...:)JP

  7. JP- Oh yeah. That's what happened to me when I read it. That and the fact that I'm still fighting some of it and they divorced 33 years ago. Sheesh.

  8. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. It does sound like a good book, I might even think about buying it if I don't win, but I'd like an opportu8nity to win it first! :)


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