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Divorced After 56 Years: Why Am I Sooo Happy? is written by Brenda Frank.
The author describes this book as a primer, and Divorced After 56 Years - at 156 pages - is indeed a short book. She describes how she felt after 56 years being served with her divorce papers at a New Year’s Eve party. Her husband was the only man she had ever dated or been intimate with. Their marriage had had its ups and downs, but they had two sons they were proud of. Instead of curling up in despair and wallowing in self pity, the author began to look at the positive side of living alone. She lists so many things that people within partnerships are not allowed to do, the decisions they cannot make, and how she has made a completely new life for herself and is enjoying every moment.
It may not be wise for married women and those in stable relationships to read Divorced After 56 Years. Brenda Frank makes being single so attractive and wakes the reader up to all those things they cannot do if they have to consider their partner over simple things like what to eat, to stay in or go out, how loud the television should be, and what programme to watch. She had me eying up a nearby carving knife as I envied her freedom, her joie de vivre.
Every page leaps out with exciting options open to single people, even late divorcees. She quotes the rising statistics on how marriages are breaking up later and later in life, and gives excellent advice on how to prepare yourself in case it should ever happen to you – especially in the field of finances. Brenda has a suitable income to maintain an active and fun divorcee status in the sunshine state of Florida. Congratulations on starting a new life, and thank you for writing this book.