Falling Apart in One Piece

A Review of Stacy Morrison’s memoir

By Julia Kennedy

Stacy Morrison’s Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce is a great book for anyone going through the painful emotions of divorce and custody logistics. Her memoir reveals both the courage and vulnerability she displayed as the life she had built with her husband of 10 years changed forever the night he told her he was done and needed out. As editor in chief of Redbook magazine at the time, the mother of a baby and new owner of house that needed lots and lots of repairs, there was never a shortage of road blocks to a peaceful transition to life after her marriage.

I was awed by her demanding work schedule, the frequently ill-timed challenges she faced in her day-to-day life, which included backflow water from the city storm sewer system that collected in her basement on a regular basis, and marveled at how often she managed to stop and appreciate what was working and going well in her life. She reveals her pain, and shares her frustrations but doesn’t ask for pity. She manages to use this painful journey through the hell of divorce to understand herself better and to become a stronger person.

At the end of the book, she reflects on the two years she endured because of her divorce and how she has now moved ahead with her new life. She says, “I marvel at how much more I trust myself and know myself than before all this happened. And I think about how strange and lovely it is that the end of my marriage has been the beginning of so many good things.”

Whether you’re starting the process of divorce, going through the drawn out logistics of it, or still stuck in the bitterness after the split has been made official, it is comforting to hear from someone who can report back from the other side that it does get better and life will go on.

Since writing the book, she has started a site where people can share their own divorce experiences,


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