Halfway to Each Other How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home The true story of a California couple on the brink of separation who unexpectedly find love again on the Italian Riviera Tired empty and disillusioned with married life Susan Pohlman was ready to c

  • Title: Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home
  • Author: Susan Pohlman
  • ISBN: 9780824947804
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The true story of a California couple on the brink of separation who unexpectedly find love again on the Italian Riviera Tired, empty, and disillusioned with married life, Susan Pohlman was ready to call it quits As soon as she and her husband, Tim, wrap up a business trip in Italy, she planned to break the news that she wanted to end their eighteen year marriage DuriThe true story of a California couple on the brink of separation who unexpectedly find love again on the Italian Riviera Tired, empty, and disillusioned with married life, Susan Pohlman was ready to call it quits As soon as she and her husband, Tim, wrap up a business trip in Italy, she planned to break the news that she wanted to end their eighteen year marriage During their last day as they walked along the Italian Riviera, Tim fantasizes aloud that, perhaps, they could live there Susan initially dismisses the notion as nonsense but is inexplicably overwhelmed with a desire to give the marriage another try Defying all logic, the couple find a school for their children and sign a lease for an apartment Maybe a life in such a charmed setting could help them find their way back to each other Together with their fourteen year old daughter Katie and their eleven year old son Matt, they trade in their breakneck Los Angeles pace for adventure and a slower, intimate lifestyle slipping out of the constraints of the traditional American Dream into a dream of their own Instead of seeing each other for fleeting moments in the mornings and evenings, the family starts to spend their days together rediscovering the simple joys that bring texture and meaning to all our lives Travel with them as they stumble upon new customs, explore medieval alleyways, browse street markets, befriend neighbors, learn to cook, and try a new language Halfway to Each Other is the remarkable story of an ordinary American family that inspires and offers hope that all of us who find the courage to listen to our hearts and follow our dreams can experience a new beginning.

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    About “Susan Pohlman

    1. Susan Pohlman says:

      Susan Pohlman grew up in Montclair, NJ She graduated with a B.S in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton in 1981 and earned a M.S in School Administration from California Lutheran University in 1996 She has lived in Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, California, Italy, and Arizona Besides becoming an expert in relocating, she has worked as a teacher and a school administrator Susan and her husband, Tim, have two amazing children, Katie and Matthew Her essays have been published in The Washington Times, Family Digest, The Family, Raising Arizona Kids, Guideposts Magazine, Homelife Magazine, AZ Parenting and Italiannotebook.She has written three, award winning short films The Toast received two awards in the 2008 TIVA DC Peer Awards, and Here,There, and Everywhere received awards in four categories in the 2009 TIVA DC Peer Awards The Misadventures of Matilda Mench won best screenplay in the 2010 Balti 48 Hour Film Project Halfway to Each Other is her first book and winner of the relationships category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards It has been shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards.



    2 thoughts on “Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home

    1. I would give this book 3 1/2 starts but I couldn't. I really enjoyed going to Italy in this book and the writing was good and often funny. The message about American life is very accurate and a good reminder to slow down and get back to basics. Our lifestyle in this country can be downright destructive as we struggle to constantly keep up with the "shoulds" of our lives. Contrasted against the Italian culture, we have some work to do. I didn't give the book a higher rating because there was some [...]

    2. I loved this book on so many levels. As we reach mid-life, many of experience strains in our marriage. Busy lives, coupled with children, not to mention financial strains--it's no wonder we grow apart from our better half. Susan discusses her marital struggle and the courage that they had in selling their home in CA and moving to Italy to live for a year. It was an act of faith, hope, love, and yes, courage. Halfway to Each Other shares this journey, which saved their marriage. I remember readin [...]

    3. This book made me laugh, made me cry and got into my soul. I'm not sure if it was because I had just visited Italy, or because this is a true story or just a well written book. Loved it!

    4. I had a bad experience with this book (Four Seasons in Rome) so at first I didn't want to read Halfway since it also took place in Italy. I thought it was going to be another boring book about a family living in Italy, but then I thought hey, don't judge the book by it's setting! haha, and I'm glad I forced myself to start reading this book. Turned out it was a page-turner for me. Although I couldn't relate on some parts because it was from a mother/wife's point of view and I'm only a teenager, [...]

    5. Excellent recounting of a family's life abroad, and how it transformed the dynamic of a marriage, moving into a more positive relationship. Very well written.

    6. Loved traveling Italy with Susan Pohlman and her family sipping espresso and drinking fine wine, and enjoyed most the passages where she reflects on love, marriage, and parenthood. I was particularly struck by her realization that the happiness and mending of her own marriage "would affect children who were yet to be born." I will keep considering the beauty and difficulty of the "hows and whys of couplehood" that are "dependent upon the generations that lived and loved before us." A poignant re [...]

    7. What a sweet story about a family who up and moved across the world to Italy for a year in hopes of healing their marriage and keeping their family together. It did seem a bit odd to me that they didn't spend more time actually learning Italian or the ways of Italians, but this moving there for a year stirred my heart.

    8. I liked Susan Polman's writing style and her ability to tell her story. Very frank, but also annoying in the way she parented, the way she made decisions etc; I find it amazing that this couple managed to put their marriage on a more solid footing given the circumstances.

    9. Not my typical genre, but it read like a story rather than a biography. Kept my interest and learned a lot about Italy.

    10. Susan and Tim Pohlman were on a business trip to Italy, their last trip together before they had plans to divorce. Both realized they were enjoying their trip and their time together. They decided to give their marriage a second chance by selling their home and living in the Rivera for a year. Half Way to Each Other is the memoir of their year in Italy.The Pohlman family ended up living in an out of the way village. Since it was small and not especially touristy they had to learn how to live lik [...]

    11. Susan's marriage was on the rocks when she and her husband decided to move to Italy for a year, because it felt like the right thing to do for them. Tim quits his job, they sell their house, and get rid of or store belongings. They have 2 children: Katie, fourteen, and Matt, eleven. The idea to make the move came to them on a business trip to Italy. There are a lot of references to listening to God, to letting God guide them, and how they found appropriate verses from the Bible for situations th [...]

    12. Susan and Tim's marriage is failing due to what they both feel is a lack of connection brought about by their busy, yet very separate, life activiities. In what the author describes as a "last-ditch" attempt to save their marriage, they decide to leave their home and job in the States and move their family to Italy for a year and focus on their relationship and their family. Nice concept, if you can afford it! I found it interesting, but I wish the author had spent a bit more time describing her [...]

    13. Susan and her husband, Tim, a very successful radio executive from Los Angeles, are on a business trip to Italy. On the night before returning home to the States, she plans to tell Tim their marriage is over and she's leaving. Instead, Italy's beauty inspires them both to express a sudden desire to leave their State-side lives behind and move to Italy - for an entire year. And bring their two children, Katie and Matthew, too, but only if there is an American school nearby. Sure that that small d [...]

    14. An upscale couple in Los Angelos are suffering. Their marriage is breaking apart, the family is losing its bonds, so they decide to divorce or make a great change. They move to Italy. Their expectation is that they can live for two years with the proceeds from the sale of their home. So they move to Genoa. (neither one is Italian). They bring their two children. Of course moving to a place where they don't know the language, the customs and the expectations brings its own challenges. But they ar [...]

    15. If I could run away, I'd go to Italy! The gelato and pasta are to die for, naturally. But for me, I knew I wanted to run away to Italy the moment I stood on a bridge in Florence and watched a grinning, white haired grandma riding her pink bicycle down a busy thoroughfare. Well, she wasn’t just riding her pink bicycle – she was also chatting on her cell phone and deftly maneuvering between Vespas, trucks, and zipping Smart cars – like she didn’t have a care in the world. I was so mesmeriz [...]

    16. If your not into God, don't read this book. BUT with that said it isn't an overwhelming amount of God talk! I LOVED this book and read it in a week with lots of other responsibilities at hand too. I just wanted to get back to reading it any second I could get! It was what I needed at the moment. Found it when I went to a Sherman Alexie book singing on the Boulder Bookstore Recommends shelf. A wife and her husband decide to live in Italy for a year to save their marriage with their two kids. And [...]

    17. Susan and Tim have been married 20 years and their relationship is on the rocks. Like most of us, they’ve been sucked into the fast pace of their life…work, kids, keeping up with the Joneses, etc. Over time they have drifted apart and anger has set in. They decide to take another chance – the make or break chance – on their marriage. They quit their jobs, sell their house and move their family to Tuscany for a year. They spend the time reconnecting with each other, connecting with their [...]

    18. Very conversational and well written memoir about what happens when you choose to try to save your marriage by going to Italy instead of sticking around the Los Angeles machine, sinking into despair. The story of how Susan and her entire family found not only the strength to stay together but strength in themselves as well, was truly inspirational. I don't read much memoir but this book drew me in with its glorious descriptions of life in Italy as well as dialogue so real it was as if Susan tape [...]

    19. Discover what a year in a foreign land (in this case, Italy) can do to relationships when each person in the family depends on the others to manage through the day - to purchase groceries, to enroll in school, or to ride the bus or train. Add to this the lack of knowledge of the local language and feel with this family, the frustrations they each deal with. Then come along and experience with them, the joys of discovery of new sights, tastes, and sounds. Come giggle with them as they witness sig [...]

    20. I was so disappointed in this book. The premise is that a couple on the brink of divorce decide spontaneously to spend two years living in Italy to see if they can rekindle their relationship. The book should have been full of introspection and analysis of love and relationships, beautiful descriptions of Italy and its food and countryside, and transformation of a couple's relationship. Instead, the author fills it with the trivial aspects of their lives, i.e the trouble they have with the buses [...]

    21. Similar to Eat, Pray, Love in that a woman on the brink of divorce decides to travel to Italy. In Halfway to Each Other, this woman takes her family with her. At times, a heart wrenching story of stepping back from the rat race of suburban life and learning to become a family, this is a book that will give you hope all is not lost when you are caught up in the craziness of life. Her eleven year olds panic attack on their way to Italy stands out to me, and makes me wonder who would do that to the [...]

    22. Susan and Tim’s marriage was over. It had been over for quite some time but now both were finally ready to admit defeat. Then, fate intervened. On a trip to Italy, the couple spent an afternoon that would change the course of their marriage. Indeed, it would bring their family closer than they ever thought possible. Halfway to Each Other follows the life of Susan and Tim as they and their two teenage children spend a year in Italy. Not knowing anyone in the country and not speaking much Italia [...]

    23. A very inspiring message about coming back from the brink of divorce, letting go, and healing of the family and of oneself all told against the quaint backdrop of small town living in the Italian Riviera. In a nutshell, this family was courageous to set roots in Italy for a year without even knowing the language. Their quiet triumphs were moving and eye opening. Although this book was Christian based, the theological references weren't excessive nor offensive for the non Christian. It was just e [...]

    24. I do have a vested interest in this book, but trust me's beautifully written and inspiring. Susan and Tim Pohlman are in Italy on business--when they return home, she plans to divorce him. But through a series of coincidences, they decide to give their marriage a second change. They move their two children (9 and 12) with them and spend a year in Italy--they rediscover their love for each other and the family develops a new dynamic. And they're in Italy! It's a wonderful book to read and will in [...]

    25. Interesting story of a family on the verge of divorce. Their faith in God was extraordinary and helped them find their way back and to work out the problems in the marriage and in the family. I thought the kids were incredible and so flexible. It was obvious that the family was very strong and I was impressed that once they got to Italy, they did so many things as a family. Interesting read.

    26. Written as little vignettes from their Italian adventure, this was a relatable story of a stagnant marriage on the verge of collapse and how one couple decided to take drastic measures to see if their family could be salvaged. Along the way, this family of four made some amazing discoveries about what was really important to them, and found out what was possible if they learned to rely more on their faith in God and open up and take risks with each other.

    27. I loved this book for the simplicity. I loved feeling like I lived in Italy for a year. A great book transports you to another place and time and this one does it. I'm not a church goer and the references to God guiding the author through her year were not offending, but made the story richer. It's a simple tale to remind us Americans that we get this one life and we need to take the time to enjoy each other. Not chase our tails trying to make the most money.

    28. Susan and her husband Tim are planning to divorce when they finish their business trip in Italy. At a turning point in their time in Italy they decide to change course, move their kids to Genoa and take a year to try again. This is an account of that year. Many wonderful stories, poignant, funny wise and intimate snippets that chart Susan's year away from the stresses of suburbia and toward a definition of a new life for her family.

    29. Well written, but like most memoirs, I found it a tad self absorbed. The family has to move to Italy and be totally immersed in a new culture and not have jobs to go to before they can figure out how to be good to each other? I loved reading about their adventures and I liked her bite sized, essay style chapters.

    30. I really enjoyed this book. Moving to Europe for a year or two really appeals to me so it was fun to read about Pohlman's year in Italy. The slower paced lifestyle and family values are right up my alley.Pohlman's writing was pretty good too. Her stories were clever and I read the book quickly. I would have liked to see a more life-changing ending though.

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