The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment

Paperback is available now on Amazon.

Available now on Amazon

Ebook versions will be published June 22, 2021.

Colleen Burns Durda Photo by Emily John Photography

An unanticipated pregnancy for a suburban Minneapolis mother of three rocks her world in 1987. Determined to gain control of her life, she seeks care from a friendly OB/GYN. Boundaries blur after the child arrives and she finds herself distracted by the relationship with the doctor. Her marriage threatened and completely unhinged, she takes a leap of faith one hot summer night, and the consequences land her in a psychiatric ward.

With hard earned wisdom and insight, she recalls the intervening years dealing with bipolar disorder, raising her children and the evolution of her marriage after she uncovers a devastating secret. Can the marriage survive? Will the doctor continue to play a role in her life? Alternately funny and moving, The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment depicts how mental illness sometimes affects lives right next door.

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