Margate writer Lisa Gottlieb

There are plenty of books about divorce, but the one Lisa Gottlieb is working on definitely has a different take on the subject.

The 52-year-old Margate resident is in the process of writing “The Unbroken Family,” which is an uplifting treatment on a usually depressing topic.

The first, autobiographical portion of the book explains that Gottlieb and her siblings certainly would have preferred for her parents to stay together. But once they accepted the fact that their parents weren’t meant to last together, “we didn’t blink after that and had a great, great life. I want to show that it doesn’t have to suck,” Gottlieb said.

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Gottlieb said her father went from saying, “Oh, my God, I don’t have my kids anymore,” to becoming “the greatest father.” In fact, she said, the divorce actually helped her father develop a closer relationship with her brother, Mitchell Hackerman, 49, of Cape May, than they probably would have if their parents had stayed together.

The second part of the book will focus on interviews with others who have had similar positive experiences, while offering tools to help people deal with divorce optimistically.

“I want to show that it’s possible to make divorce a positive experience,” Gottlieb said. “The more and more I start talking to people, though, the more I find that positive experiences aren’t as common as I hoped. My goal is to show that families can be strong, even after a divorce. “

To contact Gottlieb, e-mail her at

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