Brand new hardcover. No remainder mark. ; 1.2 x 8.3 x 5.5 Inches; 288
pages; Eye-opening essays by esteemed writers about the rich and
complicated lives of American stepfamilies.
With the U.S.
divorce rate hovering around 50 percent, most people recognize remarriage
as a now-familiar occurrence. And remarriage often means stepfathers,
-mothers, -brothers, and -sisters, and the formation of a new type of
blended family. Jacquelyn Mitchard, Barbara Kingsolver, Roxana
Robinson, Susan Cheever, and others share experiences of being
stepdaughters, stepmothers, or ex-wives. Andrew Solomon writes about his
relationship with his stepmother. Kate Christensen celebrates the
stepfather who brought guidance to her life. There are essays from writers
in the same family, each with a different take on his or her postnuclear
situation: Phyllis Rose discusses her second husband's qualities as a
stepfather, while her son, Ted Rose, writes about his tumultuous
relationship with his stepbrother from his own father's remarriage. These
poignant, heartfelt, sometimes biting tales remind us of the outdated myth
of the perfect nuclear family while shedding light on what it means to
forge relationships with stepfamily members.