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The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment

Paperback is available now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Second-Memoir-Love-Commitment/dp/1736678000/ref=sr_1_1?crid=376KTMTQ3908Y&dchild=1&keywords=the+second+a+memoir+of+love+and+commitment&qid=1621557338&sprefix=The+Second%3A+A+%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-1

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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