Julie Rappaport's marriage was failing. She and her husband Lee, while great friends, just couldn't make their married life together work. But they still cared deeply for each other and wanted to protect their daughter. So, for their child and themselves, the couple decided that they needed to make their divorce work for all of them. Together, they came up with the concept of a "relational shift," the process in which a defined relationship morphs into something different. For Julie and Lee, despite the marriage ending, it didn't mean they couldn't be in each other's lives and be a happy, functioning family unit. After maintaining a strong (and admittedly imperfect) relationship with each other and their daughter, the family together penned Relational Shifts: A Family Doesn't Have to End Because a Marriage Does. The intimate book includes input from each family member, with thoughts on how they got through the end of the marriage and tiptoed into an uncertain new relationship. With admirable candor the family takes the reader step by step through breaking their marriage up and keeping their family together, ending with a thoroughly modern approach to maintaining evolving relationships.
Thu., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., 2008