Leaving Home

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off by Sandra Tsing Loh
The Atlantic, July/August 2009

Sadly, and to my horror, I am divorcing. This was a 20-year partnership. My husband is a good man, though he did travel 20 weeks a year for work. I am a 47-year-old woman whose commitment to monogamy, at the very end, came unglued. This turn of events was a surprise. I don’t generally even enjoy men; I had an entirely manageable life and planned to go to my grave taking with me, as I do most nights to my bed, a glass of merlot and a good book. Cataclysmically changed, I disclosed everything.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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