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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Housden Narrator: Maria Housden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780739319796
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As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden’s vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had other plans.

Unraveled is Housden’s riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage to break away from her role as a wife and stay-at-home mom and strike out on her own in search of a more fulfilling life. Leaving her three surviving children in the primary custody of her husband, Housden faced down the disbelief of friends and family and began a journey that would ultimately lead her not only to the truth about herself, but also to a deeper and more loving connection with her children.

Housden writes about the emotional reckoning that led to her decision and the ways in which she has become the best mother she can be while no longer living with her children full-time. With fierce honesty and the same gift for poignantly beautiful writing that she demonstrated in the bestselling Hannah’s Gift, Housden makes a valuable contribution to our collective conversation about mothering, marriage, and the assumptions we make about the way life is supposed to be. Unraveled is the remarkable story of one woman’s choice not to live every girl’s dream … and instead to find her own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maria Housden gives the rest of us permission to live lives of truth. Unraveled once again proves that hers is a voice to be reckoned with. She brilliantly and with subtle lyricism negotiates the shoals of love and loss, but it’s more than that…Housden consistently leaves her readers wiser, less alone, and cradling a palpable sense of the very good possibility of triumph.”

    Suzanne Finnamore, author of Otherwise Engaged and The Zygote Chronicles

  • “Maria Housden probes the rewarding/maddening underside of what it means to be a wife and mother. In her brave quest for self-fulfillment, she empowers others to challenge expectations. Her gentle wisdom is a gift to us all.”

    Suzy Farbman, author of Back from Betrayal

  • “Learning to live without knowing, accepting uncertainty and yet following the heart’s yearning and wisdom. These are the lessons Maria Housden so elegantly shares in this deeply personal recounting of her life. Her words have made me a better woman.”

    Arielle Ford, author of Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover

  • Unraveled does for mothers everywhere what M. Scott Peck did for truth seekers in The Road Less Traveled. Absolutely brilliant.”

    Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 12/29/2013

    " This is a well written book and it is an easy read. I would definitely recommend it to any of my mommy friends. I found the book to be more of a "story" than an "autobiography". Not sure if that makes sense or not and maybe that was the author's intention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 9/9/2013

    " Can you say "whiner?" I thought this was a poorly written memoir by someone who obviously has a lot of personal issues, and decided to work them out in a book and laugh all the way to the bank. I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library. Don't buy it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Sandford | 8/8/2013

    " A very moving story a book for young adults plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 11/11/2012

    " Beautifully told story of a woman who dared to be a different kind of mother. It's a challenging read, makes you think about what you value and why. Read it and think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 3/24/2012

    " As a mother, I found this book very difficult to relate to and admire. Her choices, however honest they were, were so much the opposite of any choices I believe a mother would make that I was actually angered by them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 11/6/2011

    " I remember that this book made me angry. The woman basically abondons her children to "find" herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/24/2011

    " This book is beautiful and poeticall written. Dare I say that Maria Housden is definitely my new favorite author can't wait to read her other book. I couldn't put this one down it was my such a good steady interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Dufton | 5/15/2010

    " I enjoyed this book and I'm pleased the Maria is following her heart. Sometimes the book seemed too reflective as if she was just getting used to exploring and analysing thoughts, but maybe didn't need to include all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 4/24/2010

    " I love this book for the honesty of Maria is to be admired. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 11/7/2009

    " Can you say "whiner?" I thought this was a poorly written memoir by someone who obviously has a lot of personal issues, and decided to work them out in a book and laugh all the way to the bank. I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library. Don't buy it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/14/2009

    " This book was ok. I can't imagine what it was like to be in her shoes when she made the decision to move away without her kids.

    It was an easy read. I was a little disappointed in this book. I thought it would've been as good as her 1st book. That was about the death of her young child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/15/2008

    " In my constant search of women doing untraditional things in life, this is an fun and engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blake | 9/5/2008

    " listened to this on tape.

    It was okay, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 4/13/2008

    " This is a well written book and it is an easy read. I would definitely recommend it to any of my mommy friends. I found the book to be more of a "story" than an "autobiography". Not sure if that makes sense or not and maybe that was the author's intention. "

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