Fault Lines

Family estrangements affect more than 65 million Americans, often with devastating consequences. Dr. Karl Pillemer combines the advice of family members who have successfully reconciled with powerful insights from social science research. The result is a unique guide to mending families fractured by estrangement. Dr. Pillemer assures people who are estranged, and those who care about them, that they are not alone and that building a bridge over a family rift is possible. Fault Lines is filled with dramatic stories, science-based evidence, and practical repair tools to help people find the path to reconciliation.

"Rifts and ruptures upend tens of millions of families, leaving a trail of sorrow and despair. But in this wise and moving book, Karl Pillemer combines academic rigor and practical advice to show us how to move toward reconciliation. Fault Lines is a book that will change lives."
Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind
Fault Lines

About Fault Lines

Karl Pillemer

About Karl Pillemer

Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., is one of America’s leading family sociologists and researchers on aging. Dr. Pillemer is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Throughout his career, Dr. Pillemer’s research has focused on how family relationships develop and...

Books by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

“Thank you, Karl Pillemer, for taking the time to collect such a valuable trove of wisdom, and sharing it with us.”

—Hal Urban, author of Life's Greatest Lessons

“Thank you, Dr. Pillemer, for gathering all this wisdom in one book before it is lost. I can’t imagine anyone whose life will not be enriched by this book.”

—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People