Splitopia by Wendy Paris
Dispatches from Today's Good Divorce and How to Part Well

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Engaging and groundbreaking, Splitopia challenges outdated, negative assumptions about divorce with sharp wit, searing honesty, rigorous research, and intimate interviews, and offers guidance for healthier, happier splits.

When Wendy Paris announced that she and her husband were separating, friends forecast a tsunami of devastation—for both of them and their child. But as Paris would discover, divorce has improved dramatically in recent decades, due to changes in laws and family structures, advances in psychology and child development, and a new understanding of the importance of the father. Yet disapprobation and fear persist.

In this incisive book, Paris cuts through the moralizing and myopia, and explores the new cultural phenomenon of the “good” divorce. Splitopia chronicles Paris’s own divorce in real time; shares insights from happily divorced couples, international experts, and the latest research; and follows her own divorced parents’ possible reunion. Splitopia calls for a more flexible view of how we wed and how we part, and offers support for creating loving families, whatever the legal relationship status.

Divorce is no one’s first choice, but as with other difficult, unwanted experiences, it can lead to growth, deeper connections, and a more fulfilled life.

About Wendy Paris

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Wendy Paris was born in Columbus, Ohio. She attended high school in Michigan and graduated with a BA in literature and creative writing from the Honor's Program at the University of Houston. She currently lives and works in New York City. Prior to writing Happily Ever After, she coauthored Words for the Wedding (Perigee, 2000). She's also written about relationships, love, marriage and honeymooning for a variety of publications, including Glamour, Self, Brides, Modern Bride and Fitness. She's reported for Marketplace on National Public Radio and contributed essays to National Public Radio's travel show, Savvy Traveler, and food show, Splendid Table. She has also worked as a TV reporter and producer and newspaper reporter and editor. Wendy recently re-entered the dating world in New York City -- probably the most competitive dating terrain on the planet. Her frustration with the love-is-war dating advice available, and her experience with what she sees as a new wave of gallantry among men, led her to write Happily Ever After.
Published March 15, 2016 by Atria Books. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction