The Isabel Gillies we meet about the beginning of this memoir should be at the end of her tether. Her husband has recently abandoned her for another woman and now, with two toddlers and luggage in tow, she's arriving at a New York City airport, faced with the prospect with living again with her parents. That entrance does sound like the beginning of a brisk, even hilarious single mom memoir, but this sequel to Gillies' strong selling Happens Every Day possesses a winning feistiness that any reader with a soul can appreciate. The former CSI: Special Victims Unit actress doesn't simply win back her self-confidence and independence step-by-stumbling step; she finds new romance in the City That Never Sleeps.
A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Storyby Isabel Gillies
A real-life romantic comedy about getting dumped and getting over it
Isabel Gillies, the New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day, has written another irresistibly moving and funny memoir: A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story. When our story opens, it's a dark and slushy winter in New York City, where Isabel is/i>/i>/i>/b>… See more details below
A real-life romantic comedy about getting dumped and getting over it
Isabel Gillies, the New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day, has written another irresistibly moving and funny memoir: A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story. When our story opens, it's a dark and slushy winter in New York City, where Isabel is arriving by airplane from Ohio, two toddlers in tow, to move in with her parents; her husband has left her for another woman. In subsequent scene after hilarious scene, Isabel shares her valiant, misguided, and bumbling attempts to understand her own part in the disintegration of her marriage and to feel strong and loveable. And, one by one, she begins to cross items off a staggering single mom to-do list that includes: change last name, get bank account, get work, have breakdowns only in front of best friend and not in front of children, find rare preschool slot for son midyear in Manhattan, get along with three generations of family in tight quarters, find a man who can plant one great and romantic kiss, accept self, accept love, be happy.
She cries, she dates, she (and her mother and father and children) get the flu, and then, just when she least expects it, Isabel falls in love.
With humility and a refreshing sense of humor, Isabel stumbles many times but also laughs, forgives, discovers new treasures from old friends, marries again, and more than that, finds good love itself within and around her.
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."Julie Metz, author of the New York Times bestseller"
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."Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War and Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion
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.
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Meet the Author
Isabel Gillies is the author of Happens Every Day: An All-Too True Story. She graduated from New York University with a BFA in film and is also known for her television role as Detective Stabler's wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.
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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.
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.
So touching. I loved every page of this book. Easy to read anyone women can relate well done!!
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.