Meredith says Eva gave her the strength to finally confront David, which prompted their divorce. After cooking Thanksgiving dinner, Meredith says David approached her. "He comes in the kitchen and he sits down and he says, 'Let's talk about what we're going to do so next year isn't a disaster like this year,'" Meredith says.

Eva says it was at that moment she asked her mother, "What are you waiting for?"

"And I didn't have an answer," Meredith says. "I didn't know what I was waiting for. But those were the words that somehow empowered me to say, 'There's not going to be a next time.' I don't know what I meant, I don't know where it came from, and I had no great groundswell of courage that accompanied those words. But that's what led to the eventual divorce."

Meredith and David were divorced in 1989. We reached out to David for a statement about Meredith's claims in the book and he had no comment.


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