A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story

A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story

by Isabel Gillies


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A real-life romantic comedy about getting dumped and getting over it

Isabel Gillies, the New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day, has written another irresistibly moving and funny memoir: A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story. When our story opens, it's a dark and slushy winter in New York City, where Isabel is arriving by airplane from Ohio, two toddlers in tow, to move in with her parents; her husband has left her for another woman. In subsequent scene after hilarious scene, Isabel shares her valiant, misguided, and bumbling attempts to understand her own part in the disintegration of her marriage and to feel strong and loveable. And, one by one, she begins to cross items off a staggering single mom to-do list that includes: change last name, get bank account, get work, have breakdowns only in front of best friend and not in front of children, find rare preschool slot for son midyear in Manhattan, get along with three generations of family in tight quarters, find a man who can plant one great and romantic kiss, accept self, accept love, be happy.

She cries, she dates, she (and her mother and father and children) get the flu, and then, just when she least expects it, Isabel falls in love.

With humility and a refreshing sense of humor, Isabel stumbles many times but also laughs, forgives, discovers new treasures from old friends, marries again, and more than that, finds good love itself within and around her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401341626
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Isabel Gillies is the author of Happens Every Day: An All-Too True Story. She graduated from New York University with a BFA in film and is also known for her television role as Detective Stabler's wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.

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"Gillies's discussion of the steps she took to remedy the overly emotional aspects of her personality will engage readers beyond those in search of simple happy endings." —-Library Journal

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Year and Six Seconds 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
karenlisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Year and Six Seconds By Isabel Gillies A memoir written by author/actress/mother/daughter/friend Isabel Gillies. Ms. Gillies is everywoman. She is honest, funny, witty, clever, resourceful and smart. She shares her story as a continuation from her excellent first memoir Happens Everyday, which detailed her idyllic life in Ohio and her heartbreaking and all too commonplace divorce from her husband a short time later. Every woman can find some aspect of this story to relate to, whether its divorce or simply having a similar relationship with your own mother. Its a quick, smile to yourself, a tear in your eye, one night read. Enjoy. Learn Something. And note to self: Read Happens Everyday first.
Donura1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RATING:5 out 5In this follow-up memoir to ¿It Happens Every Day¿, Isabel Gillies, bares her heart and all the raw emotions that came in the aftermath of her separation from her husband who has fallen in love with someone else. She leaves her home, most of her possessions, most of the possessions of her children, and the Midwestern town she has called home.She is honest with her hurt and pain as she heads back to her parents¿ apartment in New York with her two very small little boys. My first thoughts when I began this book was why would she move back in with her parents but once the scene unfolds, you realize that it was the best move she could have made for all of them in terms of a safe, warm, loving cocoon that helped both her and the boys heal. Her frankness about the obstacles, uncertainty, and the depression that comes to her in waves almost every day, is a wonderful gift to other women who may be going through this kind of separation and loss of a relationship and will help them see that they are the only out there with the same or similar problems. This is wonderful personal story that takes you through all the different stages of the failing of a relationship. You wonder at times if Isabel will come out on the other in tack or will she withdraw with the help of her aging parents. Her story is one that can be recommended to a friend who might be going through a separation or divorce, to someone you know who is finding it difficult to move on just yet, or simply anyone who want to see that there is light on the other side of any bad situation.
SuzeJones58 More than 1 year ago
My reaction... A good read. Kept me engrossed & reading for the day... I finished it in one day!--And that's fairly rare to keep me so engaged that I read a book through like that. Still, it's fairly simply written--but dotted with humor, some insights & seems altogether honest. What's missing.... Maybe a couple key insights such as why does Gillies move in with her family? Why didn't she chose to make a go of it in her hometown in Ohio? Also, why is she sooo hung up on divorce... these days? She's nowhere as old as I am & therefore is not of the era in which divorce was quite a big deal. Her dad had a previous marriage & so did her ex-husband. It's the kind of thing that Happens Every Day -- and I guess that's where I go next to fill in the details that I feel are missing in this her second tome.
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Dana77 More than 1 year ago
I read Happens Every Day shortly after filing for divorce from my ex-husband and thoroughly enjoyed it. A Year and Six Seconds, while very good, was not exactly what I expected. I wanted to know more about the "after" and not so much about recovering from a divorce. That said, there were a couple lines that jumped out at me: Everyone has value; you just have to know what to take away. Finding love might be more about being willing than ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So touching. I loved every page of this book. Easy to read anyone women can relate well done!!
Brooke_Dawn More than 1 year ago
Beautiful writing but a heartbreaking story until the end! I would recommend it for a soul searching tale of the bumpy road that leads you to where you were meant to be.
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