Families: Family Feuds: Fixing The Rift

Not talking? Two books offer tips on bringing estranged relatives together

Laura Davis knows the pain of being estranged from a family member. She and her mother Temme grew apart after Davis confided that she had been sexually abused by her grandfather, Temme's father. "Some estrangements build like beads on a thread, one disappointment at a time," says Davis, 45. "That's how the relationship between my mother and me came unglued." But by the time Davis wrote I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation (HarperCollins), a series of interviews with people who have been alienated from their families, her relationship with Temme had improved so much that...

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