Synopses & Reviews
At twenty-three, Kayli Stollak, like most starry-eyed twentysomethings, assumed that she and her boyfriend, Charlie, would be together forever. Besides a rockinand#8217; sex life, they shared a passion for motorcycle adventures, hedonistic European music festivals, and wearing matching glittery spandex to the disco. What more could a gal ask for? She envisioned their love burning well into their sixties.
And then he dumped her.
Heartbroken, Kayli turned to her seventy-five-year-old granny for support. And this ainand#8217;t no ordinary granny. Granny Gail is a ball-busting, sh*t-talking, gossipy yenta with an anecdote or piece of unsolicited advice for every situation. Granny didnand#8217;t sugarcoat the truth or let Kayli dwell on her failed relationship. No, Granny told her to cut the crap and snap out of it. Why didnand#8217;t Kayli give and#8220;one of those dating websitesand#8221; a shot? With her ego on the line, Kayli threw the dare right back at herand#8212;if it was so wonderful, why didnand#8217;t single Granny join her in the world of cyber romance?
Granny Is My Wingman chronicles Kayliand#8217;s and Grannyand#8217;s misadventures in online dating. What ensues is a hilarious tour through the obstacles of modern love: drunken hookups, late-night Facebook stalking, breathy phone calls with geriatric suitors, and the occasional rude dude. While Kayli powers through a marathon of OkCupid datesand#8212;the corporate drone married to his BlackBerry, the nail-biting thirty-three-year-old who still lives at home with his mom, the serial online daterand#8212;we learn about Grannyand#8217;s romantic past and the bittersweet affair she carried on, even while married, for more than thirty years. The two women cheer each other on and become even closer as they share their dating exploits, learning that the hunt for happiness is the same whether youand#8217;re twenty-five or seventy-five.
Fresh, funny, and honest, Granny Is My Wingman is a book for anyone who has ever found love, lost it, and been crazy enough to do it all over again.
“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” Its a surprising way for a cultured English teacher with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope to describe herself, but then thats just the first of many surprises to be found in this poignant, funny, utterly unique memoir. Jane Juska is a smart, energetic divorcée who decided shed been celibate too long, and placed the following personal ad in her favorite newspaper, The New York Review of Books:
Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.
This closing reference was a nod to her favorite author, of course. The response was overwhelming, and Juska took a sabbatical from teaching to meet some of the men who had replied. And since her ad made it clear that she wasnt expecting just hand-holding, her dates zipped from first base to home plate in record time.
Juska is a totally engaging, perceptive writer, funny and frank about her exploits. Its high time someone revealed the fact that older single people are as eager for sex and intimacy as their younger counterparts. Jane Juskas brave, honest memoir will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure.
From the Hardcover edition.
Juska's brave, honest memoir about late-life sexual exploits will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure.
In the vein of SH*T MY DAD SAYS, a hilarious chronicle of a twentysomething and her 75-year-old sh*t-talking yenta as they navigate through the world of online dating and modern love.
About the Author
studied film production at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She started the blog Granny Is My Wingman
to share her and Granny Gail's online dating escapades. The blog has been featured on Oprah.com, CNN,andnbsp;Nylon,
andnbsp;and Good Morning America.
Table of Contents
1.and#160;Who the Hell
Is Jenna Jones?!and#8195;1
2.and#160;Hitting Is a Part of Healingand#8195;5
3.and#160;Cut the Shitand#8195;11
4.and#160;Whatand#8217;s Love Got to Do with It?and#8195;14
5.and#160;An Affair to Rememberand#8195;20
6.and#160;The Favorite Granddaughterand#8195;28
7.and#160;75 Yr Old Woman Seeks 75 Yr Old Manand#8195;32
8.and#160;I Donand#8217;t Make Dinner, I Make Reservationsand#8195;38
9.and#160;Players Gonna Playand#8195;45
10.and#160;Settling for Lifeand#8195;57
11.and#160;Fantastic vs. Fartyand#8195;65
12.and#160;Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!and#8195;70
13.and#160;This Ainand#8217;t Her First Rodeoand#8195;80
14.and#160;Junk in the Trunkand#8195;85
18.and#160;Donand#8217;t Stop, Wonand#8217;t Stopand#8195;117
20.and#160;Itand#8217;s Not Me, Itand#8217;s Youand#8195;133
22.and#160;Heand#8217;s Busy? Youand#8217;re Twice as Busyand#8195;146
23.and#160;Dasher and Dancerand#8195;156
24.and#160;The Horizontal Boogieand#8195;159
25.and#160;Friends in a Hopeless Placeand#8195;174
27.and#160;Whole Foods Hookupsand#8195;187
28.and#160;Granny Knows Bestand#8195;191
29.and#160;D to the T to the Rand#8195;197
and#160;and#160;and#160;About the Authorand#8195;205