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Megan’s Book of Divorce

Megan’s Book of Divorce: a kid’s book for adults : as told to Erica Jong
Jong
1984

Submitter: I found this amazing book at a used book store.  Not necessarily a library book, but still awesome.  I took pics of so many pages, I might as well have scanned the whole book.  There were odd things left and right. I also looked up the author, Erica Jong, on Wikipedia.  Interesting to note that she has been married 4 times, and “She has a daughter from her third marriage, Molly Jong-Fast.”  (Yes, that’s a lady.)

Some interesting things from the book that are pictured:
-the bizarre underwear scene, which is also repeated on the inside front dust jacket
-the racist undertones regarding the nanny
-the creepy shadowy “criminal” being locked up and the line about how the cop turns on the siren and flashes the lights just to speed
-Mom’s actor friend, who sleeps all the time (???)  (it mentions earlier that both parents are screenwriters…)
-“My mom takes in strays.  She is big-hearted but dumb.”
-the panic in the boyfriend’s eyes when Megan threatens that her mom will marry him
-She plays “divorce” with her friend
-“Get mom to kill Kate.”
-author bio: “Erica Jong is a writing mother.”  succinct, to the point, and slightly off-putting

Holly: Sadly, yes, this book is available in several public libraries around the country.  To honor copyright and fair use and all that, I’ll just post a few pages:

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Daddy moved out and Mommy is upset (and it is probably your fault)

Will Dad Ever Move Back Home?
Hogan
1980

I have seen way too many of these books on this site that are STILL on the shelves.   I know that the authors are trying to help and for 1980 this is probably not too bad an attempt.  It does bother me is that these books seem to have the same theme over and over: Mommy is cranky and Daddy leaves.    Example that follows is Daddy taking child to get a hamburger and have an awkward conversation about custody arrangements.  Again, I don’t see how this helps anyone, especially since nothing seems to be resolved at the end of the “story”.  Short answer:  I just don’t think these books age well. Youth librarians, please chime in on this one!

Mary

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