The State of Grace:

A Mother’s plea for life balance

by P.G. McGrath

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/7/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452516479
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452516486
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452516493

About the Book

Grace Purdy, mother of two and part-time business professor, is facing a crisis in both her marital and professional life. As an expatriate American living in London, she is doing her best to survive a divorce—both physically and financially—all while navigating the English legal system.

Grace spends her days working on her legal case while running between business lectures and collecting her sons from the school bus. Her soon to be ex-husband won't take any money out of his business, leaving Grace to pay the bills. Additionally, she has given up having child care so she can pay for a lawyer in her battle to keep the marital home.

During Grace's journey she confronts the predicament of so many other mothers who have learned that no matter how much they give or "lean in" now it can be unbelievably challenging not to feel exhausted and broken.

Throughout her journey Grace uses her sharp wit and humor to navigate around any obstacles she encounters.

About the Author

Dr. P.G. McGrath's memoir is the story of a woman, mother, university lecturer and an expatriate facing a crisis in both her martial and professional life. Her story provides a firsthand account of the challenges of single parenthood and navigating the legal system.

Dr. McGrath holds a B.A. from American University in Washington, DC. She also holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from Fordham University School of Law. She has written and lectured in her professional career on the subjects of women and business as well as corporate ethics. She has taught for Fordham University, Syracuse University, and various other US and UK universities. Prior to a career in academia, she practiced law in New York for a well-known Chicago based law firm as well as working for a Fortune 100 Company.

Before settling in London with her two young sons she resided in France and Spain. Dr. McGrath wishes all single mothers could get more help without struggle. She also now knows the first step to divorce is always marriage.