Judith Wallerstein began a long-term study of the effects of divorce on children 25 years ago, and this book presents a portrait of the history and present of 5 children of divorce, and 5 who lived in families with similar dynamics where the parents did not divorce.
This blog isn’t really designed to do a proper review of a book like The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, mainly because I don’t really have the authority to critique her methodology or question her conclusions. I read books like this mainly because I enjoy reading case histories. I find people endlessly fascinating and complex, though I don’t like biographies that much. Anyway, the stories that Wallerstein tells are heartbreaking and inspiring, and the book seems to be a valuable contribution to the discourse on divorce and family law.