Shock and Awww in the Cul-de-Sac: Blind-sided by divorce, one man learns to survive the tears and fears [NOOK Book]

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Life was turning out just how my wife and I had planned. We were living the dream we had envisioned in years past. She was a partner in a law firm. I had been teaching for 10 years. We had two kids in college, and our youngest was graduating high school the next day. But as I had been envisioning how our journey together would unfold in the future, my wife had been busily counting the days to its end…

John and Jessica had it all: a seemingly ...
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Shock and Awww in the Cul-de-Sac: Blind-sided by divorce, one man learns to survive the tears and fears

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Overview

Life was turning out just how my wife and I had planned. We were living the dream we had envisioned in years past. She was a partner in a law firm. I had been teaching for 10 years. We had two kids in college, and our youngest was graduating high school the next day. But as I had been envisioning how our journey together would unfold in the future, my wife had been busily counting the days to its end…

John and Jessica had it all: a seemingly perfect balance of careers, family and love. But after 23 years of marriage—and on the day after their youngest child’s graduation from high school—Jessica lets John know that she no longer wants to be married, leaving John, the kids, their family and friends floored by this stunning revelation.

Shock and Awww in the Cul-de-Sac is the story of John’s journey through the uncharted territory of life as a single father: therapy sessions, the pain of repeatedly telling family and friends the sad news, reentering the dating scene, and ultimately finding a new life for himself. All the while, John tries to appear strong on the outside for the kids as he goes through the many ups and downs of divorce. Emotional memories pop up, new life experiences are formed, and the pitfalls of the divorce process are revealed in a realistic yet upbeat and humorous way. The story takes many twists and turns, as a man who is emotionally devastated tries to find the strength and will to reshape his future—a future that will undoubtedly be very different from the future that he had pictured. 

This is a heartfelt, honest book that will resonate with anyone whose life path has taken a sudden and unexpected twist.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015988109
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 649,304
  • File size: 424 KB

Meet the Author

John Douglas was a teamster for 10 years in a grocery warehouse. He graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught for 11 years. He and his students won the Scholastic “Kids Are Authors, Too” contest with a book titled One Day in the Life of Bubble Gum in his first year as a teacher. Born in La Crosse, Wis., John now resides in Lake Ozark, Missouri.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    This was a fantastic read. I was amazed how much of his experien

    This was a fantastic read. I was amazed how much of his experience mirrored mine. It is comforting in a way to know I wasn't crazy...that  the wide range of feelings and the roller coaster of emotions is normal.  It is also refreshing to hear this from a male perspective. Kudos to you John for sharing your experience, perspective, and the hope to those looking for a positive outcome from a life changing circumstance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Good read

    This book is heartfelt and honest. Going through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce one wonders if there will be light at the end if the tunnel. This book shows the emotional highs and lows. I laughed and cried and knew my divorce experience was normal. Kudos for a real life testimony and the genuine emotions portrayed. A must read whether going thru a divorce or just needing to strengthen a relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    I give John Douglas a lot of credit for sharing his heartbreak a

    I give John Douglas a lot of credit for sharing his heartbreak and opening himself up so freely for others to read about his life-changing events. The raw and honest quality of the book left my stomach hurting at many times only to turn the page and be given a quick chuckle to let me breath again. I applaud that his children and family were always at the forefront of his decision-making and that he was able to continue a dignified relationship with his wife throughout the process. I don't know if I could have done that. A very inspirational book for those going through a life-changing event and wondering how to move on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Wow...I recommend this book to anyone who has been through the d

    Wow...I recommend this book to anyone who has been through the difficulties of divorce. From beginning to end, I could relate to everything John was feeling. He has such a positive, humorous manner of dealing with a devasting situation. I found myself laughing and crying and somehow feeling better about myself!! A great read!! Whether you've been through a divorce or know someone who has, it is a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    An amazing book!! Going through my divorce was so difficult, it

    An amazing book!! Going through my divorce was so difficult, it is comforting to see I'm not alone. Not only is the book inspiring, it is very funny!! I read the entire book over 3 days and couldn't put it down! Great book!

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