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A Cup of Comfort
This new volume contains approximately 50 essays, including my story, "Bruised but not Broken." All of these stories are of survival and moving on after divorce.
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A Cup of Comfort® for Divorced Women
Inspiring Stories of Strength, Hope and Independence
Edited by Colleen Sell with a story by Eileen Clemens Granfors
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Going through a divorce in never easy. Children, cheating and money can be at the center of a tug of war with partners who—in most cases—no longer love each other. It’s estimated that half of American women’s first marriages end in Divorce according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Additionally, wives file for approximately 2/3 of divorces (NCHS). With divorce proceedings, increased hostility between both parties and visitation rights for children, how can women cope?
A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women: Inspiring Stories of Strength, Hope and Independence (December 9, 2008: Adams Media) edited by Colleen Sell is a collection of over forty personal essays on the heartache and sometimes victories of divorce. Candid and poignant, readers will meet amazing women that survived their divorces—and came out stronger on the other side.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AUDIENCE?
Untangling years of a life together is painful especially without a shoulder to cry on or guidance to help one through it. A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women comforts, inspires and encourages women in the throes of divorce—reminding women that divorce is not just the end of something but the beginning of a new life.
There’s Anne who likened her life after divorce to the snapping of a twisted rubber band until she finds joy in the simple things and Barbara who collapses like a puppet with its strings cut when her husband declares he’s leaving and slams the door behind him. Filled will anger, tears and laughter A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women is the perfect gift book for every woman who picks it up.
WHO IS THE EDITOR?
Colleen Sell is the editor of more than sixty published books, including twenty
volumes in the Cup of Comfort® series. She has also been an author, ghostwriter, magazine editor, journalist, columnist, essayist and copywriter.
CONTRIBUTORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
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"Bruised, but not Broken" by Eileen Clemens Granfors
I’m waiting for the phone to ring. It will. When my husband takes a weekend with buddies, a hoarse whisper interrupts my sleep after the phone’s shrill ring. I have always hung up immediately and taken the phone off the hook, hearing only the caller’s first words, “Your husband . . .”
Tonight, I won’t hang up. Tonight I want to know. Does the caller plan to tell me of the long absences, too long for just a quick trip to the bank? Of the phone bill with new charges to an area code I don’t know? Of the sudden need to buy a present for his secretary’s birthday? The cocky sound of his voice when she called our house one weekend?
Midnight. On the dot. I reach for the phone on the first ring.
“Hello?” I make my voice firm, alert, unyielding.
“Your husband. . .” Again, the hoarse, creepy whisper, like an obscene phone caller. Does he hope I’ll just hang up?
“Yes, what?” I demand.
“He’s f--g a coworker.” His voice is flat, uninflected.
“Who are you?” Again, I ask with authority. I’m no longer the shrinking coward I have been.
“He said he was going camping, but he’s not. He’s in a motel with his coworker. Every time he said he’s going camping, he’s gone f--g, not fishing.” Now he sounds excited, delighted with his own phrasing.
He hangs up. I replace the phone in its cradle. He may call back. I want to know more.
I’ve known in my heart for how long, a year?