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A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story
     

A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story

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by Isabel Gillies, Karen White (Narrated by)
 

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A Year and Six Seconds is the true story of New York Times bestselling memoirist Isabel Gillies's valiant yet bumbling efforts to pick herself up after her husband leaves her for another woman-and of how she stumbles upon true love.

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A Year and Six Seconds is the true story of New York Times bestselling memoirist Isabel Gillies's valiant yet bumbling efforts to pick herself up after her husband leaves her for another woman-and of how she stumbles upon true love.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Metz
"Isabel Gillies gives us a story of unexpected romance, unfolding the story of her journey from divorce heartbreak and single motherhood to new love and family with genuine intimacy and humor."
Deborah Copaken Kogan
"So charmed, so enamored was I by this tale of love lost and found that I would have sat down to lavish it with praise the minute I put the book down, but I was weeping too hard. We all want to believe in second chances, in broken hearts mended, and at its core, this is a book about that kind of hope. Brava."
From the Publisher
"Gillies's discussion of the steps she took to remedy the overly emotional aspects of her personality will engage readers beyond those in search of simple happy endings." ---Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews

Part two of Gillies' (Happens Every Day, 2009) chatty, bittersweet chronicle of loss and renewal.

"I had to get my shit together," writes the disillusioned author, who, in this memoir sequel, plods onward and incrementally upward after separating from her husband in Ohio, taking her two sons and moving in with her parents in New York City. Separation agreement official and wedding band removed (the area replaced with an angry rash), Gillies ruefully struggled with modern city life after picking up the pieces of a shattered life once her husband Josiah left her to marry another woman. Her situation alternately cheerless and "exciting" (the dating scene!), Gillies interviewed schools and babysitters, revived a recurring role on Law & Order and uncomfortably shared split vacations and custody with Josiah for the sake of the boys. Romantically determined to rediscover that coveted "deep purple, electrifying, all-consuming and painful love," she blind dated via e-mail and tested an old friend's capacity for love. With the same self-effacing prose found in her debut, Gillies describes her journey from the pain of lost love to the land of the living with humor and compassion. Too often, however, the self-described "drama queen" waxes melodramatically, like she was the first and only survivor of a heart-wrenching divorce. Readers who enjoyed the author's earlier memoir—and books like it—will find her saga engrossing and heartfelt, though the writing remains scruffy and rambling. Gillies still wants love at first sight (again), but one year later, will it still only take six seconds to happen? Readers will cheer along with the author, whose heart overflows in the conclusion of this enduring story of life after love.

The writing is uneven, and the author strains for material in the final chapters, but there's plenty of love, humor and hope to spare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452652948
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
"Gillies's discussion of the steps she took to remedy the overly emotional aspects of her personality will engage readers beyond those in search of simple happy endings." —-Library Journal

Meet the Author

Isabel Gillies is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.

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Year and Six Seconds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SuzeJones58 More than 1 year ago
My reaction... A good read. Kept me engrossed & reading for the day... I finished it in one day!--And that's fairly rare to keep me so engaged that I read a book through like that. Still, it's fairly simply written--but dotted with humor, some insights & seems altogether honest. What's missing.... Maybe a couple key insights such as why does Gillies move in with her family? Why didn't she chose to make a go of it in her hometown in Ohio? Also, why is she sooo hung up on divorce... these days? She's nowhere as old as I am & therefore is not of the era in which divorce was quite a big deal. Her dad had a previous marriage & so did her ex-husband. It's the kind of thing that Happens Every Day -- and I guess that's where I go next to fill in the details that I feel are missing in this her second tome.
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Dana77 More than 1 year ago
I read Happens Every Day shortly after filing for divorce from my ex-husband and thoroughly enjoyed it. A Year and Six Seconds, while very good, was not exactly what I expected. I wanted to know more about the "after" and not so much about recovering from a divorce. That said, there were a couple lines that jumped out at me: Everyone has value; you just have to know what to take away. Finding love might be more about being willing than ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So touching. I loved every page of this book. Easy to read anyone women can relate well done!!
Brooke_Dawn More than 1 year ago
Beautiful writing but a heartbreaking story until the end! I would recommend it for a soul searching tale of the bumpy road that leads you to where you were meant to be.
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