Press: Private Affairs

A columnist for the home front

A man is divorced and only then learns how to be a father. A woman goes to work and worries about failing as a mother. A man and a woman attain the same professional pinnacle; she rejoices in surpassed expectations, he mourns fallen dreams. Everywhere Boston Globe Columnist Ellen Goodman turns, grownups are suffering growing pains, and so is she: "It has begun to occur to me that life is a stage I'm going through."

Goodman's knowing explorations of change and its debilitating side effects have made her the...

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