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Calling it quits : late-life divorce and starting over
Deidre Bair
Adult Nonfiction HQ814 .B35 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The inspiration for this book came from a magazine survey on late-life divorce in AARP that Bair came across in her dentist's waiting room. It hit a chord with Bair, whose own marriage had ended in divorce after 43 years, and she set out to find the stories behind the statistics. Bair, an award-winning literary biographer (Samuel Beckett), turned her sights on a group of men, women and adult children who have been affected by late-life divorce. She found that more divorces were initiated by women, which puts into question the assumptions both that men always leave for younger women and that ex-wives seldom find love again. But the several hundred North Americans and Europeans Bair talked to hardly constitute what she terms a "social earthquake." Nor does Bair offer any advice or answers as to why some long-term marriages go on the rocks. (Curiously, the divorce she stands to have the most insight into-her own-she is less than forthcoming about.) Bair's intent is simply to ask questions in the hope of furthering a dialogue on the subject. Readers will not find answers, but those going through a late-life divorce will encounter personal stories, all-too human ones, that they will identify with. (Jan. 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

National Book Award-winning biographer Bair (Samuel Beckett), impelled by the breakdown of her marriage of 43 years, sets out to explore why people separate after decades as a couple and what happens to them during and after the divorce. The result is a series of compulsively readable narratives, with no attempt to quantify the information. Bair reports that whenever possible, she interviewed both members of ex-couples, as well as their grown children, so that we see multiple sides to many of the disputes (she conducted 400 interviews in total). While the interviewees represent a wide spectrum of social classes, there is probably an overabundance of powerful men suffering from "CEO-itis"-divorcing their first mates for much younger "trophy wives." Chapters on the responses of adult children and on the newly emerging ways in which people rebuild their lives after divorce are particularly interesting. While certainly not the last word on the topic, this engaging narrative is an excellent introduction to a neglected phenomenon; those who have been involved in a late-life divorce will certainly find solace in the fact that they are not alone. For most public and academic libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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