Date Published: November 6, 2018
Publisher: She Writes Press
“You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband’s dying brother, the other shoe does drop. Taylor’s husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, “done with the marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it.”
With this, the life Taylor has come to know is over. Relying on the strength of a lifelong friend who refuses to let her succumb to the intense waves of grief, she slowly begins to find her way out of the shadows. Over the course of two years, through appointments with attorneys and therapists, purging shared belongings, and pushing herself to meet new people and do new things, Taylor not only regains a sense of control in her life, she also learns to enjoy the new life she has built, the friendships she’s formed—and to savor her newfound strength.
When Taylor’s husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, “done with the marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it,” the life Taylor has come to know is over. Will she succumb to her grief or eventually triumph?
Praise for Two Minus One: A Memoir
“There are times in life when we are presented with unforeseen challenges that feel so overwhelming, we just want to shut down and hide. In those moments we have a choice, to go towards the light or stay in the darkness. Kathryn shows us her deepest sadness, and her heroic struggle to get her life back. Her book shows how she recognized that there is life after grief and suffering, and to remember that happiness is always a choice, one we DO have control of.” – Jennifer Pate Gilbert, founder of Save the Date® and author of I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag
“… Kathryn Taylor opens her heart and soul to take us on her journey of recovery. With resilience and grace, she reminds us that, no matter what life throws your way, you can reach down and bring up the courage to not only go on, but grow.” – Vikki Stark, Author of Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal
“Taylor offers a poignant and well-crafted account of what it is like to be sixty-years-old, believing you are happily married one day, only to discover the next, having missed all of the clues, that you’ve been abandoned. This is certainly a story that demonstrates the powerful ways in which – love is blind – . This is a human story, one of vulnerability, insight and resilience…highly recommended.” – Diane Pomerantz, PhD, author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool
“Taylor’s book is a gift to anyone who is divorced and feeling hopeless because she illustrates, through her own story of suffering, disillusionment and eventual triumph, that divorce is not the end. I highly recommend that anyone who is divorced and feeling alone in their fight to survive read Two Minus One to gain encouragement, clarity and hope.” – Lisa Duffy, Author, Speaker and Divorce Recovery Coach
About the Author
Kathryn Taylor was born at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, Illinois and spent much of her life in the Chicagoland area. When she entered first grade, reading came easily to Taylor. Decades before terms such as “peer tutoring” and “collaborative learning” had been coined, her teacher had an inspiring idea. She would allow Kathryn to assist classmates struggling to decode those pesky letter combinations and help them learn to read. Taylor experienced an undeniable sense of fulfillment helping her classmates and licking gold stars onto completed pages. The desire to become a teacher took root. Taylor enjoyed thirty years in the classroom and had taught in the schools of Illinois, California, and Virginia before her retirement and relocation to South Carolina. It was there where Taylor wrote her book, Two Minus One: A Memoir following the unexpected abandonment by her second husband. Taylor is an avid reader, enthusiastic traveler, and incurable beach lover. She resides outside of Charleston, SC, with her rescue dog, Lucy, where she can enjoy all three of her favorite past times.