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Alone: A Love Story

 

Alone: A Love Story

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.

Updated: Batch release on September 19
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Hear all 10 episodes of the memoir about love, the bomb, and the fallout.

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Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:39]


Chapter 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.

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Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:00]


Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:29:08]


Chapter 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.

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Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:21:44]


Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:20:31]


Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:22:32]


Chapter 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.

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Chapter 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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:23:57]


Coming 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.

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