The D Word
Making the Ultimate Decision About Your Marriage
by Kate Anthony
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Pub Date 26 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 02 Jan 2024
Kensington Books, Citadel
Should I stay married for my kids? Does this count as abuse? Why am I so unhappy? What does a healthy relationship even look like?
When you’re ready for honest answers to these and other questions, The D Word shows you how to dig deep and find them—and then move forward into a better, brighter future.
A template for confident decision-making and lasting growth and change—whether readers choose to stay in a marriage or leave it.
“For those who feel powerless and lost in broken marriages, Anthony shines a light.” —Publishers Weekly
From the host of the critically acclaimed The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast comes a book that provides the clarity, peace, and answers women need to make empowered decisions about their marriages, break unhealthy patterns, and build the life they truly want.
Every year, close to a million women struggle to decide whether to divorce their partners. Some are in relationships they know to be unsalvageable, yet they’re terrified that divorce will hurt their kids. Others feel guilt-ridden and confused over their unhappiness with a spouse who seems, to the outside world at least, to be perfectly fine. And then there are those in between, restless and aware of problems that may or may not be fixable, with no idea how to tell the difference.
The D Word is the definitive yet accessible guide for everyone who wants to take control of their lives, either by ending or repairing their marriage. Written in Kate Anthony’s signature straight-talking, empowering style, The D Word is more than a practical handbook for those considering divorce. It also reveals how cultural and societal influences negatively affect our relationships and expectations, stacking the odds against women.
A Note From the Publisher
Ms. Anthony is available for interviews, virtual and in-person seminars. Direct inquiries to apryor at kensingtonbooks dot com.
"Kate Anthony’s approach to the discussion of divorce is both compassionately informative and beautifully permission-giving. If you are considering what life might look like outside of your marriage, The D Word will help you make decisions with clarity and integrity. I will be relying on this book as a resource in my work for years to come."
-- Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, faculty at Northwestern University, bestselling author of Love Every Day, and host of the podcast, Reimagining Love
"When it comes to making one of life's most difficult decisions, there is no one better to guide you toward absolute divorce clarity and understanding than Kate Anthony. Her powerful words combined with her killer insight, strategy, and wit, make this the ultimate guide to determining whether or not to leave your marriage - and more importantly - how to do it safely."
-- Michelle Dempsey-Multack, host Moms Moving On podcast
“Read this book if the future seems uncertain and the present feels intolerable. Kate Anthony understands the factors that keep women in bad marriages and knows how to help women decide whether their marriages can be saved. Like a really smart best friend who has been there, she opens women’s minds to their many options and helps readers build a life they love, whether they decide to say or go.”
-- Zawn Villines, Liberating Motherhood
“One of the most heart-wrenching junctures for a woman is the end of her marriage. The questions and the unknowns that accompany such a huge life change can feel paralyzing. While this journey can feel isolating, you are not alone. Kate Anthony will hold your hand through the darkness and provide you with the answers you are longing for. This book will serve as a trusted companion to anyone considering divorce or in the process of a divorce.”
-- Tina Swithin, author of Divorcing a Narcissist, founder of One Mom’s Battle and the High Conflict Divorce Coach Certification Program
“Kate was the trailblazer. Well before many recognized the imperative, Kate was educating and empowering her audiences on how being treated well in relationships should be a given, not the exception. This book is a guide for that trail, where Kate is out in front holding the torch.”
--Dr. Christine Marie Cocchiola, DSW, LCSW, coercive control advocate, educator, researcher, and survivor, creator of The Protective Parenting Program
“The decision to stay in or leave a marriage is often accompanied by shame, fear, and self-doubt. In this compassionate and engaging book, Kate Anthony provides much needed guidance for the journey. Readers will not only discover they aren't alone, they will also gain practical and actionable tools to help clarify the foggy and confusing road of ‘do I stay or do I go.’”
--Britt Frank, LSCSW, SEP, licensed psychotherapist and author of The Science of Stuck
“As one of the leading divorce attorneys in the nation and the host of the Divorce & Beyond podcast, I've borne witness to the emotional maelstrom that the decision to end a marriage can invoke. Over the past three decades, I've stood alongside countless individuals as they grappled with this monumental choice, often for years, given its profound life-altering implications.
Enter Kate Anthony, the beacon of clarity in such tumultuous times. For years, I've entrusted my clients to Kate's capable hands when they find themselves caught in the 'should I stay or should I go' conundrum. Her new book, The D Word: Making the Ultimate Decision About Your Marriage, encapsulates her holistic, pragmatic, and deeply compassionate methodology. It's an essential guide for anyone seeking thoughtful, experienced counsel on one of life's most pivotal decisions.”
--Susan Guthrie, family law attorney and host of The Divorce & Beyond Podcast