There is Nothing Like a Motherless Child: Background information when reading Invisible City

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Invisible City

A Rebekah Roberts Novel

by Julia Dahl

Invisible City
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    May 2014, 304 pages
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    Mar 2015, 304 pages

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There is Nothing Like a Motherless Child

According to an article in The Washington Times: "In America, the number of single fathers has risen from 600,000 in 1982 to over 2 million in 2011, partially because of mothers leaving their families. In the UK, it is estimated mother (sic) are abandoning their children at a rate of 100,000 annually." Although mostly anecdotal, that figure, according to a survey reported in Psychology Today, is rising at a rate of 12% per year. And The Washington Times' Paul Mountjoy says, "This phenomenon is growing so rapidly that there are support groups for mothers that leave home."

Perhaps this is because women are now in careers and lifestyles that were once in the sole purview of men. And yet there is a stigma attached to mothers who, for one reason or another, relinquish custody of their children. Certainly fathers have been "abandoning" children for millennia with nearly negligible blowback. So long as the law agrees that the tots will be better off with their mothers, these dads get...

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