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Cindy's 18-year Norman Rockwell marriage disintegrates into Jackson Pollock splatters when she discovers her husband's lovey-dovey emails to another woman. This lightly fictionalized memoir tracks what comes next—the pain, confusion, and plain hard work of separating two married lives, complicated by Copeland's self-image as a successful writer about families (Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me). A "nester," Cindy values lists, order, and traditions, whereas her experimental chemist ex-husband loves spontaneity, risk taking, and nutty schemes. Yet after the couple split, their three children benefit from spending time with both parents, while Cindy and her ex pilot their now separate lives. It's serious stuff—but the story is charming and often funny, enhanced by Copeland's fine eye for humorous visual metaphors, such as imagining a board game version of a new boyfriend, and by her deceptively simple art (think cartoonists Cathy Guisewite or Roz Chast). VERDICT Copeland's memoir won't speak to those preferring realistic art or to aficionados of chainsaw-assisted divorce. But its lighter yet deeper approach will appeal to women readers, teen and up, and to men who may gain insights into their own coupledom problems by living through hers.—M.C.