Join us on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm for a discussion with Wendy Paris on her new book, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today's Good Divorce and How to Split Well. She will be joined in conversation by Abby Ellin.
Synopsis: Engaging and groundbreaking, Splitopia challenges outdated, negative assumptions about divorce with sharp wit, searing honesty, rigorous research, and intimate interviews, and offers guidance for healthier, happier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.
Wendy Paris is the author of Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well (Atria books/Simon & Schuster, March 2016). Wendy's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Guardian, The New York Observer, Marketplace Radio, Travel & Leisure, Qz.com, Salon.com, and other outlets. She is on the board the Center for Out of Court Divorce and volunteers as a mentor-editor with the Op-Ed Project. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, three blocks up the beach from her former husband, with whom she has a warm co-parenting relationship. Wendy has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Columbia University. She blogs about the good divorce at wendyparis.com and psychologytoday.com/Splitopia.
Award-winning journalist Abby Ellin has written about divorce, marriage, health, culture and some pretty wacky trends for The New York Times, Psychology Today, The New York Observer, The Village Voice, The New York Post, The NY Daily News, New York, Glamour, Self, Gotham, Time, Newsweek, More, Marie Claire, Redbook, Maxim, Fortune, Salon, and The Daily Beast, among others. She is the author of Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can’t) Help. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, in Boston, and a Master's in International Relations from Johns Hopkins. She has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and named Karamel Sutra ice-cream for Ben and Jerry’s.