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Book: BREAKUP - Enduring divorce by Leo Averbach

Book: BREAKUP - Enduring divorce by Leo Averbach

categories: Book, Breakup, Family, Relationships, Recovery, Moving On, Men, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Therapy, Coaching, Crisis, Separation, Divorce


Leo Averbach

Author Leo Averbachabout this book: BREAKUP is both a warts-and-all divorce memoir and a riveting human interest story. It carries a universal message about divorce, coping with crises and personal growth, for individuals who are affected by divorce as well as for the casual reader.

BREAKUP began life as the journal I kept during my divorce in London in the early nineties. But at the time I had absolutely no intention of turning this detailed, intimate chronicle of the dissolution of my marriage into a book.

I was simply recording what I was experiencing, at home and also at my therapy sessions. Every day, at all hours, I poured my heart and soul into my journal, unexpurgated and unfiltered. I just wrote, page after page. Sometimes the writing took the form of reams of flowing prose. At others it appeared as telegraphic notes, numbers or even doodles and symbols. From elegant script to an almost illegible, crude scrawl, it faithfully reflected the fluctuations of my mood.

As my wife and I went through the torture of alternately trying to split up and battling to stay together, on and off over a period of a few years, I would religiously go to my journal and transfer to the page what had happened. It is my version that exists, not my ex-wife’s. It is subjective and one-sided, maybe in the extreme in this case. However, for all its shortcomings, it has the virtue of being a brutally honest record of what I felt and thought at the time. It is an account of marital disintegration executed from the inside, with all its agony and pain, as well as being a testament to my process of transformation, leading to a new life.

In July 2005, while sitting on the veranda of my pottery studio in the Jerusalem hills, I was inspired to resurrect my journal as a book. Because of its great length and multiple repetitions, the journal needed radical cropping. I spent the next two years cropping, without adding anything to the text. I did add a prologue as background, a short introduction and an epilogue, and divided the text into chapters. Essentially BREAKUP, my book, is taken word-for-word from my original journal, dates and all.

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