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The Good Divorce
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Beth Ashley
The Marin Independant Journal

When Max Sindell was a kid, adults inundated him with books about how to cope with divorce. He remembers one: "The Dinosaurs Divorce," about Mommy and Daddy Dinosaur ending their marriage.

"The (books) were all doom and gloom," says Sindell, whose parents - Kimberly Brody and Gerald Sindell, both of Tiburon - divorced when he was 6.

But Max Sindell, now 22, says his experience wasn't bad at all. He got a lot of good things from the divorce.

To prove it and to help other kids in his shoes, Sindell, now a resident of Brooklyn, has written a book, "The Bright Side: Surviving Your Parents Divorce."

"It's kind of a guidebook," he says.

Sindell grew up in Tiburon, attending Bel Air and Del Mar and two years at Redwood High School. He began his book when he was 17, graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where he studied writing. He perfected it over the next several years while attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Suddenly, he's a published author with several more books on his agenda, all dealing with the divorce experience: how do you cope when your parents start dating, how should you deal with stepbrothers and sisters, what should a stepmother do?