About My Other Ex

By Estelle Erasmus

My Other Ex
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The people who know me know that I take friendship very seriously. It’s important to be a good friend and I highly value the people in my life who have been there for me through my dating diva single days, to my early married days to my learning about motherhood days.  Some friends even knew me from back before I knew me.

I’ve relied on friends, cried on friends and have generously shared my wisdom, foibles and flights of fancy  with them and they have returned the favor.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to share that an essay that I wrote about a 14-year break and subsequent reunion with my best friend is  in the fabulous new anthology from the HerStories Project publishers, Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger called My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends.

My Other Ex

This collection of essays by 35 exceptional writers includes stories of friendship loss in each woman’s life. This is the fourth anthology I’ve been featured in.  This post introduces all the wonderful contributors to the book.

Pre-order the book in advance  (and save $1) to support HerStories Project’s mission of sharing women’s voices, one story at a time and building the HerStories Project community.  If you order now, your autographed copy will be shipped on September 2, 2014 almost two weeks before its official publication date of September 15.

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62 thoughts on “About My Other Ex”

  1. Congrats!!! I cannot wait to read this book. I shared my one sharable breakup story in the first book so I had nothing to contribute to this one. I know they had a really hard time choosing with so many submissions. Huge major congrats again, Estelle!

    1. Nina, I just downloaded the first HerStories Project book and can’t wait to read your story. I’m so excited to share this friendship saga with the book’s readers.

  2. This sounds really interesting and like something I might need to read. Sometimes breaking up with a long time friend can be just as traumatic as breaking up with a spouse or boyfriend.

  3. Congratulations! Breakups are hard no matter if they are friends or lovers. This sounds like a wonderful read!

  4. I never really thought about the break up of my friendship with my best friend. Not really sure when it even happened. I suppose the loss of the friendship was so gradual that it didn’t really seem like it happened at all. Time, family, and changes are to blame. Friendships are effort. Good concept for a book. 🙂 I will check it out.

    1. Thanks Anne. The link in my post includes $1 off pre-ordering. I can’t wait to read the entire book myself.

  5. I just wrote a blog on my ex (but I was talking about BF). Its sad though because your ex-best friend/friend is a version of an ex! Ive actually lost some close friends over the years its unfortunate just like it would be for a lover…

  6. Congrats! That is awesome. I cannot wait to read. I take friendship very seriously as well and when I lose a friend it is like losing a piece of myself. It is heartbreaking. I am glad you reunited with yours.

    1. Thanks Laura. Some of the stories in the book are heartbreaking, but I’m relieved that my story had a happy ending.

  7. Congratulations! This is something that I need to pick up and read. I think we can all relate to this book and the message behind it. My mom could use it too!

    1. I think many of the stories in the book will resonate with people. We all have friends, all are friends and all want to retain our friends, especially if they are good ones. There will be lots of fodder for discussion from the book.

    1. Thanks Sheryl. I’m so excited to read the rest of these brave women’s stories about their friendships. Luckily, mine had a happy ending.

  8. Congrats on being published! This sounds like a really great project. It is definitely on my list to check out!

  9. That sounds like a great read. I will have to add it to my list.

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