Friday, May 21, 2010

Do Divorces Always Create "Broken Homes"?

I am really looking forward to the upcoming release of my fourth novel, Opur's Blade. The book is in its final stages of editing and proofing before the publisher will prepare copies for bookstores and online book venues everywhere. Of course, just like in my three previous novels, the action in this book unfolds primarily at the Prairie Winds Golf Course. And, once again, my readers will be introduced to several new, controversial characters and updated on the personalities they have come to know in Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, and Tuey's Course.

While I have previously addressed the issue of children being raised by a divorced parent, most notably in Finish Line, this dynamic will take center stage in Opur's Blade. One common phrase often used to describe an environment in which both the mom and dad are not present is a "broken home." This phrase has been challenged by some who are living through such a situation. After all, aren't there plenty of married couples that live in circumstances that could be considered broken?

I am certain that the term "broken home" will be used often by those who write reviews for Opur's Blade. The effect of growing up in a home without both parents is examined closely in my new novel and I hope that some lively discussion is sparked concerning our accepted ideas about traditional families. To get this conversation going, I would like to go ahead and ask you what you think!

What are your thoughts about the phrase "broken home"? Is this an appropriate way to described divorced parents? Or, does it offer an illustration that is not always accurate?

1 comment:

Fred Campos/FullCustodyDad said...

The short answer from my point of view is "Yes" divorce with children usually results in broken homes.

However it could be an occupational hazard since I deal with disgruntled parents in custody situations. I'm open minded though and look forward to your book.