Alone: A Love Story

Alone: A Love Story


Alone: A Love Story is an award-winning memoir by Michelle Parise. With candour and humour, Michelle delves into the deepest, darkest aspects of her divorce and her new life as a part-time parent, part-time partier.


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30/11/2231m 9s

Bonus: Forza, coraggio and an update

It's okay to grieve when things are beyond our control. Michelle Parise shares words of wisdom for these uncertain times. Plus, some news! "Alone: A Love Story" is now a book.
27/04/204m 52s

Chapter 28: Love after Love

Spiderman, a sexy cowboy, and making my way out of the wild, wild wood.
11/02/1935m 11s

Chapter 27: Blow Away

Cloud 9, flight school, flying high. Then a sudden change of altitude.
10/02/1927m 7s

Chapter 26: Caution

Carpenter ants, cotton candy and a passionate declaration from The Man With the White Shirt.
09/02/1922m 13s

Chapter 25: Lost

Cold legs, wanderlust and living by the tides.
08/02/1925m 59s

Chapter 24: Falling

The edge of despair, The Husband becomes a dandy, and the trouble with truth and trust.
07/02/1930m 20s

Chapter 23: In Dreams

PDA in NYC, running in circles and sex as ceasefire.
06/02/1925m 56s

Chapter 22: Variations

Marking time, my territory and my biological clock.
05/02/1927m 28s

Chapter 21: Courage

The first episode of the third season. A frightening encounter, a beautiful road trip and a new chapter in my life.
04/02/1927m 27s

Bonus: I Should Sleep But I Don't Sleep

A drifter in her own life: Michelle Parise shares a poignant scene that was cut from Season 3.
18/01/194m 58s

Bonus: The Thing About the Heart & Maps

A rundown heart and a road map for life: Michelle Parise shares two more scenes from the Season 3 cutting room floor.
20/12/185m 12s

Bonus: Fireworks & So Many Maybes

Explosive love, beef brisket and "f--k yes!" Michelle Parise shares two scenes from the cutting room floor.
27/11/185m 47s

Chapter 20: Someone Good

Tarot cards, Lou Reed's bookend and a serpent eating its own tail...
13/04/1820m 42s

Chapter 19: So It Goes

U2, unicorns, a journey to the red hills and the curse of Drew Barrymore...
12/04/1822m 21s

Chapter 18: He Exists

Begging God for a boyfriend, a man in a white shirt, floating on Cloud 9 and Destiny's Child...
11/04/1828m 48s

Chapter 17: The Lonely

Bob Dylan's curse, what lonely feels like and a visit with the matchmaker...
10/04/1827m 10s

Chapter 16: Sidelines

A favourite lover, the divorce office, a crazy request and a (not so sure) sure thing...
09/04/1826m 19s

Chapter 15: The New World

Dancing, being Italian, a man in the kitchen and advice from an ex-husband...
08/04/1827m 51s

Chapter 14: Adrift

Springsteen, breaking the one and done policy, The Bad Ones and an orphan Christmas...
07/04/1828m 42s

Chapter 13: The Saddest Optimist

Princess Leia, part-time parenting, the invisible thread and music in the MRI...
06/04/1827m 53s

Chapter 12: Half-Life

Hookup culture, the paradox of choice, a cute/crazy guy and love off the coast of Newfoundland...
05/04/1827m 43s

Chapter 11: Hold It Together

Sex, sailboats and a Dark 'n Stormy. Season 2 kicks off with first times and quantum leaps...
04/04/1822m 33s

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.
30/09/1724m 6s

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.
29/09/1722m 12s

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.
28/09/1722m 43s

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.
27/09/1720m 41s

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.
24/09/1721m 52s

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.
23/09/1717m 26s

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.
22/09/1729m 19s

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.
21/09/1719m 10s

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.
20/09/1721m 50s

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.
19/09/1719m 46s
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