Halfway to Each Other

Halfway to Each Other

by Susan Pohlman
     
 

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Susan and Tim Pohlman are in Florence with customers to help grow his business. As soon as they return to Los Angeles, they will start getting on with their divorce and new lives. Susan recalls her Bible reading chosen at her wedding: Matthew 6:25-34, the one in which Jesus reminds us that God takes care of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

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Susan and Tim Pohlman are in Florence with customers to help grow his business. As soon as they return to Los Angeles, they will start getting on with their divorce and new lives. Susan recalls her Bible reading chosen at her wedding: Matthew 6:25-34, the one in which Jesus reminds us that God takes care of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Clearly, that is not workng for Susan’s marriage. Yet, as she and Tim spend the day in Italy before their flight, she is nudged to make a last effort… and so is Tim! Susan feels God pushing her to make this decision. They take their children, 14-year-old Katie and 11-year-old Matt, to live for a year in the Italian Riviera. While it sounds glamourous, their year in Italy involves taking buses everywhere, shopping in small stores rather than supermarkets, and a slower lifestyle. With humor, honesty and faith, Susan describes the family members turning toward one another as they rely on each other for entertainment—cards and puzzles replace driving to friend’s houses in Los Angeles. It is not always easy, but slowly, they discover how to be a family again.

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Publishers Weekly
After nearly 20 years of marriage, the Pohlmans, in the final stages of divorce, decide to spend a year in Italy, a decision their "marital therapist called… an elaborate scheme of avoidance at best." The resulting story is full of charm, Kodak moments, and tumult typical of Americans abroad. In Italy, the family faces daily challenges, like unraveling the mysterious bus system ("...something left over from the days of Mussolini?") and dealing with the government. Even the simple act of purchasing groceries is an exercise in frustration. But eventually, Susan and Tim adapt, learning how to be spouses again, and even friends. The family perseveres, pulls together, sheds some of their American patina, and learns a new way of life in a country known for a commitment to family. Not many mothers can boast a midnight swim with a 14-year-old daughter or dropping plans to ice skate with their children simply because they wanted to. The Pohlmans' adventure is the stuff that dreams are made of. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824948788
Publisher:
Guideposts
Publication date:
03/13/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
163,893
File size:
2 MB

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