Divided Lives (Paperback)
Despite the large number of books devoted to women's issues in the last twenty years, Washington Post reporter Elsa Walsh felt that the literature was missing a crucial element--the voices of women themselves. Setting out to probe the myriad layers of women's lives and to illuminate the interior struggles women face at work and at home, Walsh spent over two years interviewing three highly successful women about their lives.
What she found in talking with former 60 Minutes correspondent Meredith Vieira, conductor and first lady of West Virginia Rachel Worby, and Dr. Alison Estabrook, chief of breast surgery at the country's second largest hospital, was that at crucial moments, these women who seemingly "have it all" had trouble fitting together the many pieces of their lives. In sharing the stories of Vieira, Worby, and Estabrook, Walsh provides real life, flesh-and-blood examples of the constant negotiations and compromises every woman must make to reconcile the innumerable and conflicting demands of her career, her family, her own sense of self-worth and satisfaction. Clear-sighted and compassionate, Divided Lives is an important book for all American women today.
"Empathetic and revealing . . . stories both unique and universal."-- Kirkus Reviews
"Candid, illuminating, and intensely personal . . . arresting, poignant, and disquieting."--Los Angeles Times
"A must read . . . Walsh is a first-rate reporter and interviewer."-- Newsweek
"A penetrating look at women telling the truth about their lives. Rarely have women's voices been heard so clearly and poignantly."--San Francisco Examiner Magazine
"Women should read Divided Lives and take heart, men should read it and take note."--Entertainment Weekly
"Clear-eyed and compassionate . . . Every woman will find herself in some measure in these pages."--The Times-Picayune