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Young, divorced and stigmatized: My Interview with Maclean’s

I was recently interviewed by Canadian news service Maclean’s for an article about divorce. Here’s my excerpt in the article:

But young divorce has its own pitfalls. Joelle Caputa, 30, who lives in Bloomfield, N.J., got married at 27; it quickly became clear that she and her husband were incompatible, and she was divorced by 29. “The first thing I did was to look for a book to read, by somebody my age who’d been through this,” she says. “I found one book with stories of divorce, but it was all women in their 40s and 50s, and I couldn’t relate.” Caputa is now interviewing younger divorced women for a book she’s working on, called Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s. “Going through this in your twenties, you’re having a nervous breakdown, feeling like you wasted the most important years of your life,” she says. And starting to date again was tricky. When Caputa met her current boyfriend, “he made fun of me for watching soap operas, and he said, ‘You’re like a 49-year-old divorced lady,’ ” she recalls. “And I said, ‘Well actually, I’m a 29-year-old divorced lady.’ ”

Read the full article “Young, divorced and stigmatized.”