I scrolled to voicemail on my husband’s cell phone. Instantly I heard a woman’s voice I’d never heard before.
“I love you. Call me at home,” the voice said.
My hand trembled. I inhaled my tears and stuffed my wails inside so the children, one floor above, wouldn’t hear.
“Want to come over here tomorrow and have a little time to be private instead of meeting at the office?” the voice continued.
Fear exploded in my chest. I couldn’t swallow. I wanted to bolt the doors and keep my family in suspended animation, safe and rolled up in their covers until I could figure out what to do next...
A raw and riveting memoir, Disassembly Required invites readers along, moment by gut-wrenching moment, on one woman’s journey from betrayal and devastation to resilience and recovery. From learning of her husband’s affair, to family court, to life as a single mother, Beverly Willett perseveres in resisting injustice, the loss of her family unit, and the sale of the beautiful Brooklyn Brownstone her family had called home.
Willett knows selling her house will require taking inventory of her possessions; she does not realize it will require taking inventory of herself. But as she surrenders her hopes for a life that hasn’t turned out the way she imagined, the world opens back up. And Willett leaps toward it, embracing uncertainty.
Disassembly Required is a story of quiet struggle and persistence. Unflinchingly honest in its examination of the discomforts of change, it celebrates the opportunities for transformation.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Les Escaliers 1
Chapter 2 I Got the House 8
Chapter 3 Justice for Moms 18
Chapter 4 Sixty Days and Counting 26
Chapter 5 July Fourth 33
Chapter 6 Reconstructive Surgery 44
Chapter 7 House for Sale 51
Chapter 8 The War Room 60
Chapter 9 Hoarders 69
Chapter 10 Emptying Nicki's Nest 80
Chapter 11 Aging, Sickness, and Death 90
Chapter 12 Stuff 97
Chapter 13 Not Worth the Paper 107
Chapter 14 Meeting My Former Self 117
Chapter 15 Exorcism 129
Chapter 16 Bangladesh 138
Chapter 17 The Wall of Mom 148
Chapter 18 Cartage 155
Chapter 19 Open House 166
Chapter 20 Home 177
Chapter 21 Independence Day 184
Chapter 22 Hurry Up and Wait 188
Chapter 23 Empty Nest 197
Chapter 24 In Contract 207
Chapter 25 Countdown 213
Chapter 26 Reclamation 221
Chapter 27 Homeless 230
Chapter 28 Moving Day 237
Chapter 29 Closing Day 246
Chapter 30 Leap 256
About the Author 269