Alone: A Love Story
By CBC Radio
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Alone: A Love Story, is a memoir about love, the bomb, and the fallout. With raw honesty, over 10 episodes, Michelle Parise takes you along on her winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair, to eventually finding the courage to face the question mark of life, alone.
||CleanChapter 1: Not if, how||On the cusp of her 39th birthday, recently divorced Michelle struggles with a complicated new romance. A drunken tarot card reading returns her to 1999, when she first met The Scientist (soon to be The Husband) and all was filled with promise.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 2: Why not?||The relationship with The Scientist proves harder than expected, and yet he surprise-proposes right when a huge world tragedy occurs. Michelle says yes, starting a chain of compromises as they plan a wedding and get married.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 3: The feelings I don't feel||The first four years of marriage are a happy, love-drunk time until The Husband delivers an ultimatum. Michelle reluctantly (at first) gets pregnant, and everything starts to change in her — physically and mentally.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 4: Impossible to see||Michelle struggles with the isolation of maternity leave and emptiness sets in as she feels less and less like herself. Just as she's about to return to work, there's a surprising event and everything changes again.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 5: The bomb||By the time the baby is four, The Husband has become a stranger in his own home. There are arguments and few answers as to why. One day, Michelle finds a tell-tale umbrella and soon after, she's hit with the bomb called Affair.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 6: Fallout||In the wake of The Bomb, Michelle becomes a shell of her former self, and slowly spirals down, deeper and deeper into grief and straight into the arms of the monster, Loneliness.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 7: Protection||In the first weeks after The Bomb, friends, family, co-workers and strangers show kindness and support, and The Husband has a revelation about kindness too.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 8: Left and leaving||Michelle and The Husband pack up their house together, dismantling 12 years in two months. They move out and into two apartments across the street from one another, committed to raising their daughter together.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 9: Freedom||Michelle looks to superconnector friends to help her re-enter the world as a single person. Late nights and spontaneity reawaken parts of her she didn't realize were dormant.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 10: Forza||Michelle goes to Italy to be with the people that are, and the place that is, her anchor. The sea, soil and family ground her, and a new bond is made with her father. She returns to Canada with her life a big question mark.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing September 19||With raw honesty, Michelle Parise takes you along on her winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair, to eventually finding the courage to face the question mark of life, alone. The series is available Sept. 19.||28 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A beautiful, sad and ultimately uplifting story
After finishing the final chapter, I felt a sense of sadness because I wanted stay connected to this new friend who had confided in me her deepest sorrow. Told in the first person, this is a true story (I am assuming) of heart break and love. Thank you for sharing something so private. This person on the other side of the world was moved.
Had me from the first few moments, grab that box of tissues you gonna need them.
Beautiful description of love and loss. Thank you Michelle. I've had a few long and short chapters in love. 23 years, 1 year, a FWB and now I'm in the moment of being open to what the universe is trying to tell me and/or send me. I'm scared and excited, sad and happy all wrapped into one. Should also mention my Dad who is, a man of few words but who was the one who was there knowing just how I was feeling. Grab the tissues you are going to cry. I'm going to listen to this all over again and have shared on Facebook too.
Relentless and heartbreaking
Keep the tissues handy...!