Good Riddance: An Illustrated Memoir of Divorce

Good Riddance: An Illustrated Memoir of Divorce

by Cynthia Copeland
     
 

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When you think you live in a Norman Rockwell painting—married 18 years, three kids, beautiful old house in the country, successful career as a writer—you don’t expect there’s another side to the canvas. Until you read a lovesick e-mail to your husband . . . that didn’t come from you!
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When you think you live in a Norman Rockwell painting—married 18 years, three kids, beautiful old house in the country, successful career as a writer—you don’t expect there’s another side to the canvas. Until you read a lovesick e-mail to your husband . . . that didn’t come from you!
Good Riddance is an honest and funny graphic memoir about suffering through and surviving divorce. New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Copeland chronicles the deep pain, confusion, awkwardness, and breakthroughs she experiences in the “new normal” as a wife who’s been deceived, a mom who’s now single, a divorcée who’s dating, and a woman who’s on her own figuring out what she truly wants from her life. Copeland tells her story with an emotional candor and spot-on humor that makes Good Riddance poignant, painful, and hilarious all at once.

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Parenting humorist Copeland (Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me) shares her life lessons on relationships in this memoir of a broken heart, a broken relationship, and ultimately hope. Copeland thought her family was perfect—until the day that she found out her husband had been having an affair behind her back. A free spirit in a midlife crisis, Copeland’s husband resented being settled down; their separation sent her stable world spiraling as she tried to keep things as normal as possible for her children, while it enabled her husband to embrace a more bohemian lifestyle. Copeland’s light-hearted and comical artwork, reminiscent of Roz Chast’s, takes some of the sting out of her sorrows, allowing readers to nod in sympathy or chuckle at her missteps. But all of Copeland’s struggles lead to a stronger life—one in which Copeland has a more realistic view of her family and herself. Readers who have enjoyed Copeland’s sage and funny wisdom about raising children will enjoy this look into a different side of her life. Her even-handed treatment of all the characters, including her ex-husband, is refreshing—there is no malice, only moving on from sorrow to better things. Reviewed from an unfinished galley. (May)
New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Com J. Courtney Sullivan

"Even as she tells a story that is sometimes heartbreaking, Copeland has a way of making you laugh out loud. Full of insight about family, friendship, love, and resilience, Good Riddance is essential reading for anyone who has ever gone through a divorce."
author of Good Eggs Phoebe Potts

"Copeland takes us gently through a tough chronicle of divorce with wit, humor and more than a little hope."
New York Times bestselling author Jill Smokler

"For anyone who's ever been dumped and had to start over, this charming book should be required reading. Grab a glass (ok, bottle) of wine and settle in. There's a light at the end of your tunnel and it starts with Good Riddance."
The A.V. Club

“Copeland has a charming art style . . . and because of her experience in the self-help/instructional publishing field, she brings a welcome specificity to the subject. Good Riddance isn’t a rant against cheating spouses; it’s more a step-by-step breakdown on how it feels to have a comfortable life upended overnight.”
AARP.com

“I was struck by a page on which Copeland sends her youngest off for his first overnight in the home of T.J. and his new wife. The author-artist uses just a few words and images to convey an entire world of maternal despair. Copeland and other ‘graphic memoirists’ have me convinced that illustrated books—unlike Trix®—aren’t just for kids anymore.”
ComicMix

Works such as Copeland’s deserve your attention even if you aren’t married or divorced, because the human experience can be entertaining and moving.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419706707
Publisher:
Abrams ComicArts
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
978,812
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia L. Copeland is the author/illustrator of more than twenty-five books for adults and children. She has sold more than three-quarters of a million books in seven languages, and her books have been recommended by Oprah, Regis Philbin, Ann Landers, Parents magazine, and the hosts of Good Morning America. Her 2014 book, Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Indie Bestseller. Copeland lives in Keene, New Hampshire with her family.

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