- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 7, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060928883
- ISBN-13: 978-0060928889
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well Paperback – April 7, 1998
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From Library Journal
In contrast to those who view divorce and its aftermath negatively, Applewhite (Thinking Positive: Words of Inspiration for People with AIDS, S. & S., 1995) focuses here on the positive effects. Using case histories and well-documented research, she offers a no-nonsense, practical look at women who have come through the process of divorce and feel good about their experiences. The chapters "Law and Lawyers" and "Money and Work" address many legal and financial concerns that offer the reader good direction. Building on her own divorce experience, Applewhite offers comfort, encouragement, and hope to women contemplating the end of their marriages. The book is easy to read and includes an extensive bibliography. Recommended for popular psychology collections in public libraries.?Elizabeth Goeters, DeKalb Coll. Learning Resources Ctr., Dunwoody, Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
A divorce enthusiastically explains why shedding one's husband can be the smartest, healthiest move an unhappily married woman can make. Applewhite, a freelance editor and writer, presents a composite portrait of today's strong and resourceful divorced woman, compiled through interviews with nearly 50 women of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds who initiated their divorces. As depicted here, marriage is too often an oppressive arrangement for women, one they can well do without. If Applewhite's figures are correct, three-fourths of today's divorces are initiated by women, and if her analysis of the situation is correct, they are better off, at least psychologically, for having taken the big step. Despite the financial hardship experienced by the women, especially those with dependent children, none regretted having gotten a divorce; indeed, some expressed regret at not having done it sooner. An admittedly unscientific sampling of women--Applewhite appealed for interviewees in The Pennysaver, Romance Writers Report, and other publictions--these confident women eagerly share their experiences of coming to the decision, going through the legal process, coping with the financial consequences, regaining their independence, and parenting and step-parenting. While Applewhite declares that this is not a how-to manual, she offers plenty of practical advice on finding a lawyer, protecting oneself and getting one's money's worth, using a mediator, and the basics of custody arrangements and child support. More significant, though, for any woman contemplating a divorce, is the hearty you-too-can-do-it encouragement that permeates the text. An empowering and comforting message for unhappily married women, but one whose validity is open to debate. ($30,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, especially if you were formerly a stay at home mom, being divorced is very hard. I would have liked to have seen more practical advice, such as what did all of these women do for child care? Child care where I live is so expensive that it eats up your salary. But I acknowledge that the author did not mean for this to be a "how-to" book.
I was also quite horrified that most of the women in the book did not receive any child support. I understand that in extreme circumstances, this is sometimes the only choice but the majority of the women in this book did not. We no longer hold men accountable for their children? I do hope this is NOT the wave of the future. It is such a disservice to moms and to the children who need the money for basic necessities.
Overall, I found the book affirming and inspirational and I highly recommend it for anyone going through a divorce. With the divorce rate so high, when will we stop condemning people for divorcing and making them feel like a failure and realize that something is wrong with the expectations in the institution itself?
This book is recommended to be part of prevention: Pre marriage recommendation for all women so we can move out of rushing into marriage for the sake of love. Marriage is the only legal contract allowed to come into existence without knowing the find print until it is too late.
Don't waste your money.