The Divorce Diet is a novel dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a relationship. Or a diet.
Abigail, an inspired cook and stay-at-home mother, decides to repair the problems in her marriage with a diet book for herself and an elaborate birthday dinner for her husband. But over dinner her husband announces that the whole marriage thing just doesn’t work for him. Reeling, she packs up her baby, her cookbooks, and her single estate extra virgin olive oil and moves in with her parents while she looks for work and child care.
Floundering in this life she didn’t choose, she turns for guidance and emotional support to the internalized voice of her diet book, and it becomes her invisible guru. While she struggles to reconcile the joy she takes in cooking with the book’s joyless and increasingly bizarre recipes and her native good sense with its advice, she works her way from one underpaid job to the next, eats everything but what her diet book recommends, and swears to get her life in order before her daughter’s old enough to create long-term memories.
Her diet book has promised to help her become the person she wants to be, but it’s only when she strikes out on her own that she figures out who that is.
Advance Praise for The Divorce Diet
A funny, touching, wry, sophisticated, appealing–oh, you know all those adjectives. But Ellen Hawley’s Divorce Diet actually deserves them. Food and love and loss and resilience –and a terrific narrative playfulness–are Hawley’s recipe for a slyly entertaining and heartening novel. Daniel Menaker, author of The Treatment
I’m not dieting or divorcing and yet I found The Divorce Diet to be enchanting and engaging. Newly single mom Abigail finds revenge, redemption and reinvention in the kitchen, not to mention a second chance at life, love and self-esteem. Memo to readers: Don’t read this before bedtime. You’ll be up all night. Michele Morris, author of Paper Girls
Any reader who has ever experienced the loss of love will find much to identify with in The Divorce Diet. It was heartening to watch the narrator slowly come back to life after being abandoned with a small child and no job. Ellen Hawley writes wry and poignant prose that keeps you laughing and reading well after your bedtime. Lisa Alther, author of Blood Feud
Broken-hearted? Need to drop a few pounds? Well, the recipes in The Divorce Diet won’t do a thing for your waistline, but the infectious good laughs in this wonderfully funny novel will leave you, if not thinner, a whole lot happier and in love with its beaten-down but determined heroine. With all the pluck of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones and sardonic good humor of Lorrie Moore, Ellen Hawley serves us a treat of a novel. Read it and you too will have a deliciously good time. David Haynes, author of A Star in the Face of the Sky
Revenge is sweet. Reinventing yourself after getting knocked down by a cheating husband and creating a whole new life filled with recipes, an imaginary guru, and a food column is even sweeter. Loved the whole book. Cathy Lamb, Julia’s Chocolates
A sweet and realistic story about how the smallest of comforts can provide the greatest abundance and joy. Margaret Dilloway, author of Sisters of Heart and Snow
Chapter One of The Divorce Diet is at:
Order it from: