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Calling It Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over

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This is the first book to reveal the truth about the exploding phenomenon of late-life divorce, which has resulted in a seismic shift in modern relationships. Now, in a finger-on-the-pulse examination of this growing trend, Deirdre Bair, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award, explores the many reasons why older, long-married couples break ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published February 19th 2007 by Random House (NY) (first published January 23rd 2007)
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Debbie Petersen
Nov 22, 2010 Debbie Petersen rated it liked it
There is a lot of great information in this book, though the delivery tends to become dry and there is a bit of repetition in the stories. As a happily divorced person myself whose only regret is not doing it sooner, it was refreshing to read that this is not an anomaly but in fact a trend. With better health, longer life spans and the ability of women to support themselves financially, the days of staying in a horrible marriage for financial or social reasons are over. I am amazed at the braver ...more
Oct 23, 2008 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sandy by: a social worker friend
This is absolutely the most revealing look at real-life women and their reasons for divorcing late in life. The author does not give company-line couples therapist remedies. In fact she's not a therapist and therefore has no personal investment in "saving" marriages. She provides a fascinating look into how these women think and feel about their marriages. I especially enjoyed the story from an 85 year old who had an awakening after heart by-pass surgery. When she woke from the anesthesia and lo ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Lynne rated it liked it
Quite a good journalistic review of late-in-life divorces and what it means to those who pursue them.
David Wasser
Aug 22, 2012 David Wasser rated it liked it
A somewhat interesting book about the relatively recent sociological phenomenon of late-life divorce. The book is a bit tedious in parts, and repetitive, but it does provide a window into why so many couples break apart after 25+ years together.
Feb 06, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it
The author analyzes over 400 interviews with people who divorced after age 50.
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Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography. Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung were finalists for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Bairs biographies of Anais Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were chosen by The New York Times as "Best Books of the Year," and her biography of Jung won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psy ...more
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