How They Begin, How to Mend Them, How to Cope with Them
Bantam, Paperback, 9780553381962, 288pp.
Publication Date: December 31, 2002
Mending the Ties That Bind
Divorce; disputes over inheritances, family business, or elder care. Rifts over marriage partners, career choices, or sexual orientation--these are just some of the many ways that even close families can break apart. Yet this all-too-common and often devastating family problem, and its emotional fallout, has gone virtually unaddressed…until now.
In this remarkable book, Barbara LeBey, an Atlanta attorney and former judge, who herself suffered and resolved a family estrangement, shares the stories of people from every walk of life and of every age and race, to show how such rifts often begin and how they can usually be resolved.
Working closely with two family therapists, LeBey offers a set of tested guidelines to help you approach alienated or angry family members, deal with your own issues, and mend your broken family relationships--even if you think it may already be too late.
Compassionate, practical, and full of rich insight, this book is a beacon of hope and healing to which families everywhere will turn again and again.
“Barbara LeBey has written a wise, loving, and valuable book. There isn’t a family who won’t find themselves somewhere in it or any who won’t find help here, too.”
--Anne Rivers Siddons,
“This fine book not only recognizes a problem that most people conceal in shame but also fills a void in self-help literature. Highly recommended.”
“In this powerful book, Barbara LeBey does her part to help bring broken families together again. I hope many people will read Family Estrangements and draw strength from it.”
--Hamilton Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of No Such Thing As a Bad Day