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Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free

by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

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From a renowned sociologist, the wisdom of saying goodbye

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. There’s a relationship, she attests, between small goodbyes and our ability “to master and mark the larger farewells.”

In Exit, her tenth book, she explores the ways we leave one thing and move on to the next; how we anticipate, define, and reflect on our departures; our epiphanies that something is over and done with.  
Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist and a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has interviewed more than a dozen women and men in states of major change, and she paints their portraits with sympathy and insight: a gay man who finds home and wholeness after coming out; a sixteen-year-old boy forced to leave Iran in the midst of the violent civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church he has always been devoted to, he life he has loved, and the work that has been deeply fulfilling; an anthropologist who carefully stages her departure from he “field” after four years of research; and many more.

Too often, Lawrence-Lightfoot believes, we exalt new beginnings t the expense of learning from our goodbyes. Exit finds isdom and perspective in the possibility of moving on and marks the start of a new conversation, to help us discover how we might make our exits with purpose and dignity.

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Renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot examines the exits we make in our lives: exits big and small, extraordinary and ordinary, ritualized and unceremonious, quick and protracted, painful and liberating. Exits are braided into the arc of our individual development and laced into our intergenerational relationships, shaped by economic crisis, global mobility, and technological innovations. But even though exits are all around us, we tend to diminish them, often seeing them as signs of failure or retreat, treating them as negative spaces in our life journeys. Lawrence-Lightfoot traveled around the country, listening to people tell their stories of leaving, and produced the penetrating portraits that have become her signature: a gay man who finds home and wholeness after exiting the closet; a teen forced to leave Iran in the midst of civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church he has always been devoted to; and many more. She finds the universal patterns that reframe our exit narratives and give them the significance they're due, lending wisdom and perspective to the possibility of moving on with purposefulness, dignity, and grace.--From publisher description.… (more)

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