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Calling It Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over
by Deirdre Bair
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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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
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
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 ...moreMore about Deirdre Bair...