Read Warren Adler’s Top 10 reasons for divorce in America, by clicking here.
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Do you remember the movie “The War of the Roses” with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner?
What if I told you there was a sequel — a book sequel, that is.
Warren Adler, the author of the iconic book-turned-film, explores the impact of divorce through two generations in “The War of Roses – The Children.” It’s his 32nd book published.
This sequel to the ‘chandelier-shattering’ legacy of the legendary Barbara and Oliver Rose answers the question; whatever happened to the children of the Roses, Josh and Evie, who witnessed their parents crushed beneath a chandelier in the aftermath of their bitter divorce.
Adler — a happily married 85-year-old man — has become somewhat of an expert in the realm of divorce. In addition to being an author and playwright, he spent several years in politics and was an advisor to President Richard Nixon.
Momaha recently spoke with him about divorce and its effect on families, his writing career and latest novel.
Here’s what he had to say:
Q. It’s been years since we’ve thought about the Rose family.
A. The incredible thing… The original War of Roses was written well over 30 years ago. The film is played all over the world. Everyone that has touched that book have somehow been affected by divorce — whether they’ve been divorced or are children of divorce. Everyone. Expect me.
I have three sons, one is divorced.
Q. Why did you write a sequel? Why now?
A. A lot of people wondered what happened to the Rose children. The story is essential to our understanding of what children from broken homes endure. The problem of children of divorce so enormous. Divorce is one of the biggest social problems of the world.
It is estimated that 50 percent of all North-American children will experience the divorce of their parents before they turn 18, while 50 percent of the children of divorced parents in the U.S. will experience the breakup of their own marriages. It is the dilemma of our times, a tragedy of epic proportions as more and more parents opt to break up the bedrock of a civilized society, the family.
Q. Does the sequel have the same dark humor as the original?
A. I’m hopeful that people will respond to it. All my novels are different except for mystery series. I write a lot about love and the attraction to people to each other. I usually have a love story. Those are the subjects I’m interested in. The human mystery. Good life.
View a movie trailer of the original “War of the Roses” below.
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