Women of Divorce
Mothers, Daughters, Stepmothers — The New Triangle
by Susan Shapiro Barash
Although the divorce rate is skyrocketing, with one out of every two marriages ending in divorce and remarriages abounding, no one has explored the dynamics that take place between mothers, daughters and stepmothers. They must navigate these uncharted waters as they strive to forge new, meaningful relationships. In the past, the stepmother was considered "wicked" or "intrusive"—a threat to both the mother and daughter, whose former lives have been displaced by divorce. Today, however, more and more stepmothers, daughters and mothers seek answers to their unresolved issues and expectations so that the daughter will reap the benefit of having two mother figures.
Barash's extensive, breakthrough research, with hundreds of interviews of mothers, stepmothers and daughters, combined with expert insights from psychologists, sociologists and divorce attorneys, explores the feelings and behaviors of all these women. This book examines how they can end the dark myths that surround their relationships and recognize and break free of unrewarding patterns. With these guidelines, the past can be left behind and healthy rules defined for their new family structures.
Women of Divorce is a frank, supportive and valuable resource on female teamwork to resolve and prevent discord. It clearly shows mothers, daughters and stepmothers how to work together to obtain a new lease on family life.
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Susan Shapiro Barash is the author of Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Love, Hate, Rivalry and Reconciliation, Second Wives: The Pitfalls and Rewards of Marrying Widowers and Divorced Men, A Passion for More: Wives Reveal the Affairs That Make or Break Their Marriages, Sisters: Devoted or Divided and The Men Out There: A Woman's Little Black Book. Susan teaches critical thinking/gender studies as well as screenwriting at Marymount Manhattan College. She and her family reside in New York City.
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 224 pages
LC #2002101394, world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-222-5 (pb), $16.95