During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and mother she slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. When her sons grew up, she realized that life no longer centred around the home, and that her relationship with her husband had become stagnant. She felt that the best part of her life was finished. So, ...
During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and mother she slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. When her sons grew up, she realized that life no longer centred around the home, and that her relationship with her husband had become stagnant. She felt that the best part of her life was finished. So, shocking herself and her husband, she retreated alone to the family cottage on Cape Cod. Over the course of a year at the cottage she gradually discovered that life was not yet finished, but instead was full of possibilities. "A Year by the Sea" is a record of Joan's experiences and her journey of self discovery, that she hopes will inspire other women to find the courage to recreate their own live.
Easy read, good story, great for book club! Book came in excellent condition.
Nov 12, 2009
This woman is a friend, like Madeleine Chapsal - journalists who's not afraid of talking about emotions - writes for women and at a certain age, it's important to rediscover oneself and vital to lose one's hold - Thanks to Sarah Ban Breathnach who is responsible for this. I loved what she told about Anderson and thanks to Anderson who made me discover this great lady: Joan Erikson and thanks to Erikson who...... thank you all!!! This book is a good companion, it helps in feeling better each day - take it with you!
Oct 13, 2007
A must read for all women over 40
This book opens up so many possibilities for all women. You will see yourself in this book over and over again. Best when read on the beach!
Sep 13, 2007
This book was a very motivating book. It touched on a lot of aspects of my life it was like I was reading a book about me! She is such an excellent writer. I hated to put the book down.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-02-08 "I'm beginning to think that real growing only begins after we've done the adult things we're supposed to do," confides Anderson, a journalist and author of children's books (Twins on Toes, etc.). She came to this conclusion after a year living alone in a cottage on Cape Cod. Feeling that her marriage had stagnated by the time her two sons were grown, Anderson surprised and distressed her husband by refusing to move out-of-state with him when he accepted a new job. In this accessible memoir, she shares the joy and self-knowledge she found during her time of semi-isolation. In order to supplement the income from her royalty checks, she found a job in the local fish market and began making new friends who sustained her. After her hot water heater broke down and her husband refused to help, she earned the additional money for the repair by digging and selling clams. Through vivid and meticulous observations about the natural world, Anderson makes clear her strong affinity for the ocean, with its changing tides, subtle colors and burgeoning life. A Memorial Day reunion brought Anderson and her husband closer; shortly thereafter she embraced his plan to retire and live with her in the cottage. Anderson has recently begun a "Weekend by the Sea" program for women who need time to reflect. (Apr.)
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