Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce

by Elizabeth Marquardt
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Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce by Elizabeth Marquardt

An astonishing one quarter of adults between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five have grown up in divorced families. Now, as this generation comes of age, Between Two Worlds will speak to them like no other book.

Marquardt’s data is undeniably compelling, but at the heart of her book are stories—of reunions with one parent that were always partings from the other, of struggles to adapt to a parent’s moods, of the burden of having to figure out the important questions in life alone. Authoritative, beautifully written, and filled with brave, sad, unflinchingly honest voices, Between Two Worlds is a book of transforming power for the adult children of divorce, whose real experiences have for too long gone unrecognized.

Based on a pioneering new study, Between Two Worlds is a book of transforming power for anyone who grew up with divorced parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307352705
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 657 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Marquardt is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan think tank focused on children, families, and civil society. She is the coauthor of a groundbreaking study on college women’s attitudes about sex and dating on campus and has discussed her research on Today, All Things Considered, and numerous other television and radio shows. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

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Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I quote this book frequently. This should be required reading for parents entering divorce before the final papers are signed. Parents need to set aside their selfish needs and put their children first. Hopefully, by reading this book, divorced parents will adjust their own behavior out of respect for their children and the position the children have unwillingly been placed in. I also believe divorce lawyers and judges should have this book as required reading - it might change their mind about how they defend cases or the decisions they make that impact the children of divorce!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely well-written and presents information in a concise, easy to understand manner. I was on a search for self-understanding when I came across this book. I was intrigued by it because never before have I seen a work presented in light of the children of divorce who are young adults. I feel as if I better understand who I am and WHY I have the thoughts and behaviors that I do. It was such a relief to know that I wasn't the only one feeling at odds with life after my parents' divorce. An excellent, must-read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between Two Worlds is a breathtaking book ¿ well written, well-researched, and powerful. This Christmas I am going to buy a copy for each of my siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, and all of my cousins who have divorced parents. Anyone who has contact with children should make this book REQUIRED READING. With divorce epidemic in our society, there is no doubt that many of the children have divorced parents. And married couples with children, especially those who are unhappy and contemplating divorce as an option, should read this book before making a final decision. If you are a child of divorce, take a deep breath and prepare for some pain, but do read it. You will find yourself writ large in this book of surpassing authority. This is no memoir ¿ it is based on sound research, and draws from many sources to back up all general statements ¿ but Ms. Marquardt uses the clever technique of writing in the first person plural, which gives the book an immediacy and depth no mere survey conclusions could approach. I am a child of divorce, age 43 and happily married with three children. Until I read Between Two Worlds, not one single person in my entire experience (except other shell-shocked children of divorce) could believe or imagine what I went through, and so they didn¿t. And the children of divorce almost never talk about it because it is just too painful. It has taken me all the energy I have to create a positive life for myself and my children. I simply do not have the energy to re-examine the past. It¿s a good thing that Ms. Marquardt did, because it¿s about time people started to take a close look at how children feel about divorce. Maybe this book will be the turning point for our sociologists, psychologists, school counselors, etc. who need to take off their blinders and look at how divorce rips children apart. About Ms. Marquardt being biased, of course she is biased ¿ and that bias is the very thing that makes her ideas on the subject so insightful. Only an insider could know which questions to ask. Going forward from here, maybe some psychologists from intact families will be able to do effective research on the subject, but she got the ball rolling by asking all the right questions. We have a long way to go to fully understand the impact of divorce, but this book changes the focus of the debate on divorce to where it rightly belongs ¿ on the thousands (dare I say millions?) of innocent children who are impacted by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks cool and sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book might be a good read if you are in some way involved in a low conflict divorce. Unfortunately most divorces are high conflict and domestic violence plays a major role in a large percentage of divorces. And for those cases, this book is not appropriate. The author pushes for couples to reconsider staying together but more often than not that is not a good option and staying together would actually do more harm than good. I fear this book would give the wrong idea to those where a divorce would be in the best interests of the children (because of such high conflict, domestic violence, drug use, etc.).
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