Beginning in calamity doesn’t mean you have to stay there

Beginning in calamity doesn’t mean you have to stay there

Marsha’s Memoir

The Wrong Calamity

Raised to believe she was a no-account, Marsha married a man she believed saw something in her that no one else did. What he actually saw was something no one else looked for: her vulnerability. To escape him, she had to grab her two toddlers and run from the police. 

While fighting off her vengeful ex, she became a role model for her daughters, put herself through Harvard Business School, and had a successful career and loving second marriage. Years later, a calamity shattered that marriage, her work, and many relationships. Her rise from a demolished life to one of happiness and success is a testament to our ability to develop resilience and self-confidence, even when we’re at our lowest.

Marsha’s powerful insights provide a blueprint for anyone wanting to regain their footing personally and professionally.

Literary Honors for The Wrong Calamity

Honorable Mention, The Eric Hoffer Award: An international book award for freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit

Finalist, the First Horizon Award: For a superior work by a debut author in any genre

Praise for The Wrong Calamity

What readers are saying

Cleareyed insights. . . useful to readers looking to learn from Jacobson’s experiences and start making better decisions for themselves

Kirkus Reviews

[Jacobson] is living proof that beginning in calamity doesn’t mean you have to stay there. You can overcome. . . There is a lot of wisdom woven through this book.

Reader Views

Marsha Jacobson's The Wrong Calamity is a courageously written story of a courageously lived life. She takes us inside unexpected stress and pain to renewed hope with humane clarity.

Walter Bode formerly editor-in-chief of Grove Press and a senior editor at Harcourt

Riveting. Thoughtful and engaging. . . Compelling memoir of breaking free of a controlling relationship.

BookLife

The Wrong Calamity is a survivor's story filled with distinctive challenges and a determined, unique protagonist.

BookLife Prize Review

Instructive and strengthening to anyone who seeks to evolve out of a limiting situation.

Yael Melamed Psychotherapist, Divorce Coach, and Leadership Coach

Compelling, inspiring and deeply moving. . . [Jacobson] offers hope while also leaving space for the pain.

Dr. Jill Leibowitz Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and author of The Untold Story of Itsy Bitsy’s Long, Emotional Day and Mama’s Stressed! The Untold Story of Itsy Bitsy and Mama

As a mom of a child who recently suffered a stroke, I found tremendous hope and inspiration in this book.

Dr. Sasha Yampolsky co-author of Or So They Thought, speech-language pathologist, literacy specialist, mother of a stroke survivor

Hilarious, often heart-rending, and ultimately insightful . . . [Marsha] offers a roadmap of how she learns what drives and, ultimately, saves her.

Dr. Steven Gross Clinical Psychologist

[Jacobson writes about] the resourceful and courageous ways she coped with one crisis after another. The result is fascinating and compelling reading.

Joyce Johnson Author of the prizewinning memoir Minor Character

The Wrong Calamity is a survivor's story filled with distinctive challenges and a determined, unique protagonist.

BookLife Prize critic’s report by Publishers Weekly

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[Jacobson] tells her story as if I’m sitting down with a friend and catching up on life updates.
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An incredible tribute to the human spirit and its resilience in the face of obstacles that seem insurmountable.
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It takes bravery to share such a story & immense skill to make the reader feel the story.
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[Jacobson] shares her wisdom and ways to outlive this type of trauma and to learn to thrive instead . . . The book shows how women devalue their gifts and give too much time and effort to failings.
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Marsha Jacobson showed the true potential and strength of being a woman . . . heart-wrenching, inspiring and thought-provoking.
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An inspiring memoir of one ordinary woman who did extraordinary things.
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The Wrong Calamity has inspired and given hope to readers of all ages

The Wrong Calamity has inspired and given hope to readers of all ages.

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