Part of the reason I’m interested in hearing divorce stories right now is that I’ve been reading a few. We’ve got a nice crop of books (besides mine) coming out this fall that revolve around (or near, or apart from) separated families. I’ve been working my way (delightedly so far) through them.
I’m not sure if this happens every year, or if I’m just overly watchful for such things right now because of Bread Box, but I find it interesting to read these books, and think about how each author describes the experience of divorce or separation differently. Some people work the family issues into other plotlines. Some set the divorce in the background. In several cases, the separation gets wrapped up in a magical adventure. But none of them are what you might call an “issue book.” And all are pretty different from one another.
Just in case people weren’t aware, I thought I’d post the books here (above, duh). Once I’ve read them all I plan to write something about this. If you have thoughts on these books, or divorce in Kidlit, generally, I’d love to hear from you. If you know of other new books on the topic, please share! I really hope that someday I can sit down with these authors (full disclosure, several of them are friends) and talk about this.
If only we could do it as a “panel” somewhere. Hmmmm…