Split : Stories from a Generation Raised on Divorce

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9780071391061: Split : Stories from a Generation Raised on Divorce

Today's hottest Gen X writers share their personal reflections on growing up as children of divorce

An anthology of intimate personal accounts by hip young journalists and writers in their 20s and 30s, Split will be a source of insight, comfort, and healing for all those who were children of divorce. High-profile Gen X writers who have contributed to this volume include Paula Gilovich, Jill Priluck, Ayana Byrd, Matt Briggs, and Jen Robinson. Like a support group between the covers of a book, this collection of 15 stories articulates some of the most difficult emotional aspects of growing up in a broken home, while providing hope for the future.

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"In putting together this book, I wanted to finally reveal what it was like for us, the first generation that grew up in divorced families en masse. I wanted to hear from the very generation that until now had remained silent. What was it like for them to watch their home life split in two? How did they juggle their relationship with parents who were learning to fly solo again, many of whom later remarried? And now in their twenties and thirties, what were their takes on love and marriage today."
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Ava Chin and other accomplished writers--who have contributed to such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Slate, the Village Voice, Ploughshares, and Salon.com--eloquently and honestly explore virtually every aspect of growing up with divorce, from the ups and downs of joint custody to the complicated negotiations within stepfamilies. These literary essays reveal feelings of anger and loss, relationships with stepparents, fallout from breakups, and the prospects of becoming a parent oneself.

Like a support group between the covers of a book, this collection of seventeen essays articulates some of the most difficult emotional aspects of growing up with divorce, while providing insight into the current state of love and marriage for young people today.

About the Author:

Ava Chin, a former managing editor of Vibe magazine, has had her work appear in the Village Voice, Spin, and Time Out New York. She appeared in the HBO pilot "ChatZone," about the Gen X view of marriage and divorce. She also was featured on PBS and has been a guest on NPR. She received her master's degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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