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A Woman's Place by Barbara Delinsky
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Aug 13, 2009

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** spoiler alert ** A good book, Barara Delinsky's books usually are, but very maddening. A woman returns home from visiting her dying mother only to find a court order demanding that she vacate her home and her husband had been granted temporary custody, oh yeah, and he wants alimony. Of course the case ends up in front of an old, bitter judge who is anti-career-woman (hope that makes sense) and a social worker who is only interested in her husband's side of the story. Every little mistake she may have made as a mother was brought up as proof that she couldn't run a business and have a family as well.

It ends well but I keep thinking of a sentence that was on the back flap of the book. "The day when women had the advantage in divorce proceedings is gone, and a double standard has taken hold, whereby a former do-nothing dad is extolled for spending three hours a day with his children and a former full-time mom is vilified for spending only six hours a day with them."

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