- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: LEXICON BOOKS (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983182000
- ISBN-13: 978-0983182009
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,762,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For those going through the process of letting go of your marriage, and enduring the painful process of separation, this book is enlightening.
Deborah L. Baker
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Breakup looks into a marriage that looked good from the outside, but on the inside was a complete mess. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know they are not alone in deciding to breakup a family. "Divorce to Happiness"
... it's a blow by blow account of a break up, based on actual journal entries at the time.
It was revealing to have such an intimate male perspective with its perceptive exposure of male attitudes and vulnerabilities --Norman Silver
Breakup is a thoroughly enlightening read. An uplifting account of learning how to tap into the rejuvenative, transformative power that lies within us all.
--Cherie Mangum, Apex Reviews *****
"...a sensitive, insightful, detailed and inspiring book." - Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. Psychotherapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. --Dr. J.P. Granat
From the Author
With the advantage of hindsight, I can see that the breakup of my marriage inadvertently turned out to be a transformative experience for me. The upheaval, coming like a bolt from the blue and feeling like hell, jolted me back to life and forced me to begin afresh. Akin to a wake-up call, it shook me out of the fog I had been living in for years and liberated me in the process.
By presenting this account, I am expressing my belief that my story transcends my own experience. Although I am aware that the experience of crises varies enormously from person to person, I feel that this story offers ample food for thought and could impact on the lives of many people.
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It gives me hope to see that the author felt the same way, and got through it. you can see this happening step by step. I am very grateful Leo faithfully kept that journal. For a man going through divorce, and not wanting to, this book is a godsend
The language is raw and at times acrid, as Averbach details his life's downward spiral on learning that his wife is having an affair. He vacillates between trying to save the marriage, love for his wife and wanting her out of his life. The emotional turmoil is real and heartrending.
Averbach's wife, Paula, moves out of their home leaving Leo and the children behind. She also struggles with the decision on whether to turn her back on her marriage and family, or give up her newfound love and save her marriage and home. Paula exhibits bitterness and anger with frequent outbursts directed at Leo. His responses range from passive aggressive to outright rage.
Breakup relates the couple's journey through various therapy sessions both together and separately, as well as their few, futile attempts at reconciliation. As the Averbach's relationship crumbles, the family's home environment becomes acrimonious. Through it all, Leo's journal entries give us a very genuine and unprocessed glimpse of the inner turmoil that divorce can have on a person's self image and ego.
For those going through the process of letting go of your marriage, and enduring the painful process of separation, this book is enlightening. The path to healing is often a long and painful struggle but Leo Averbach tells us in Breakup: Enduring Divorce that it is possible. As Marcel Proust points out "We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full." Leo Averbach relates the process of experiencing the hurt, anger, and pain of betrayal and loss in full and uncut.
Reviewed by Deborah L. Baker