The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr has a story behind it. In this week’s Love Essentially, I interviewed Barr to find out her story, what inspired her to write her latest novel, and what she hopes readers will gain by reading it. By the way, I met Lisa several years ago when a friend of mine asked me to read her novel, “Fugitive Colors” as a favor to her. Favor?? What? The book was so good I stayed up all night two nights in a row to finish it. She did me the favor! Lisa is an amazing writer, which is why I recently recruited her to be a Divorced Girl Smiling contributor! Here is my article about her new book and her personal story.

‘The Unbreakables’ features story of a woman betrayed

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Their little girls were just 5 and 3 years old when Lisa Barr’s husband cleaned out the couple’s bank accounts and left, never to be seen or heard from again.

“I had two babies and 67 cents in the bank,” Barr said. “I have the receipt. It’s in a box in my basement.”


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Seventeen years later, Barr’s bank accounts are doing just fine, and life is wonderful. She has a husband she adores, a blended family that includes three daughters and a writing career that has surpassed her lifelong professional dreams.

How did Barr go from rock-bottom to bliss? One word: unbreakable.

“I was going through my deepest hell, but I still had to remain fun mommy to these kids, who were going through tremendous trauma. The pain was unbearable at times, but I was not going to fall as a mom and as a woman,” said Barr, a North Shore native, author and 30-year veteran of print journalism. She explained that in the years following her separation, she raised her kids alone and worked full time, while fighting for sole custody of her girls.

Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and several other newspapers across the country.

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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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