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Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Fortyby Kim Barnes
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“How could ‘old age’ be a medical diagnosis when I wasn’t even forty?”
“… if aging is difficult for those of us who were only sometimes cute,” she says, “just imagine how hard it must be for the aging knockouts, the living dolls.”
“I love sex. I love middle-age sex. I love married sex. I'm almost fifty and I've never felt sexier. But damn, it took a long time to get here.”
“And who is that woman who looks just like me in the mirror behind the bar? Could she be some evil twin, sitting in a place I’d never go alone, acting like a hanger-on, a groupie?”
“… even past sixty (perhaps especially past sixty), women like me feel impelled to stick to the myths we have invented for ourselves.”
“Slow down. Don’t be so frenetic. Contemplate on the insights you have gained. Listen to the silence within.”
“The young woman’s body I live inside still, that unforgotten home, is a text. It is engraved with memory …”
A collection of blazingly honest, smart, and often humorous essays on middle age contributed by well-known writers such as Julia Glass, Joyce Maynard, Lolly Winston, Antonya Nelson, Diana Abu-Jaber, Judy Blunt, Lauren Slater, and other voices of the baby boom generation.
In the tradition of the bestselling A Bitch in the House, Kiss Tomorrow Hello brings together the experiences and reflections of women as they embark on a new stage of life. Many women in their forties, fifties, and sixties discover that they are racing uphill, trying desperately to keep their romantic and social lives afloat just as those things they believe constant start to shift: The body begins its inevitable decline, sometimes gracefully, sometimes less so…
The twenty-five stellar writers gathered here explore a wide range of concerns, including keeping love (and sex) alive, discovering family secrets, negotiating the demands of illness and infertility, letting children go, making peace with parents, and contemplating plastic surgery. The tales are true, the confessions candid, and the humor infectious—just what you’d expect from the women whose works represent the best writings of their generation. From Lynn Freed’s wry “Happy Birthday to Me” to Pam Houston’s hilarious “Coffee Dates with a Beefcake”; from Ellen Sussman's "Tearing Up the Sheets" to Julia Glass's "I Have a Crush on Ted Geisel," Kiss Tomorrow Hello is a wise, lyrical, and sexy look at the pleasures and perils of midlife.
"Boomer women share their surprise at arriving in midlife and the lessons they've learned along the way. Most of the contributors to this volume, edited by award-winning authors Barnes (In the Wilderness) and Davis (Winter Range), are in their 40s; a handful — among them Annick Smith, Beverly Lowry and Mary Clearman Blew — have reached 60. The entries vary greatly in tone and literary skill, but there are several outstanding contributions. Diana Abu-Jaber explores with intelligence the moves she has made and the meaning of permanence and place. Julia Glass describes the physical and emotional toll cancer treatments have taken on her and her children. On a lighter note, Pam Houston details with considerable wit a period when she was consumed by an erotic attraction (never consummated) to a man other than her husband (devoted to raising organic cattle of a certain breed, he was known as 'the Scottish Highland beefcake'). No doubt other boomer women will find much to identify with. (On sale Mar. 21)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Kiss Tomorrow Hello" brings together the experiences and reflections of women as they embark on a new stage of life. The 25 stellar writers gathered here explore a wide range of concerns, including empty-nest syndrome, caring for elderly parents, keeping love (and sex) alive, and contemplating plastic surgery.
In the tradition of the bestselling The Bitch in the House, KISS TOMORROW HELLO brings together the experiences and reflections of women as they embark on a new stage of life. Many women in their forties, fifties, and sixties discover that they are racing uphill, trying desperately to keep their romantic and social lives afloat just as those things they believe are constant start to shift, and the body begins its inevitable decline, sometimes gracefully, sometimes less so....
The twenty-five stellar writers gathered here explore a wide range of concerns, including empty-nest syndrome, caring for elderly parents, keeping love (and sex) alive, and contemplating plastic surgery. The tales are true, the confessions candid, and the humor infectious--just what you'd expect from the women whose works represent the best writers of their generation. From Lynn Freed's wry Happy Birthday to Me to Pam Houston's hilarious Coffee Dates with a Beefcake, KISS TOMORROW HELLO is a wise, lyrical, and sexy look at the pleasures and perils of midlife.
About the Author
Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs: In the Wilderness, which won the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize, and Hungry for the World. Finding Caruso, a novel, was published in 2003. She teaches at the University of Idaho.
Claire Davis lives in Lewiston, Idaho, where she teaches writing at Lewis-Clark State College. Her first novel, Winter Range, received the MPBA and PNBA awards and her work has appeared in The Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories. Davis's second novel, Season of the Snake, was published in 2005 to critical acclaim, and her collection of stories Labors of the Heart is forthcoming.
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