Synopses & Reviews
If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House
and Midlife Crisis at Thirty
serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary.
In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and star of the hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein Heather Juergensen-describe the conflicting emotions they've felt in response to the "anything is possible" message women of their generation receive. And yet, all of the women featured in this book have found their thirties to be a time of great opportunity-a period in their lives in which they're taking the time to consider what they have lost, what they have gained, and what they still need to learn. This book gives a powerful voice to a new generation of women beginning to make its mark on the world.
"In these previously unpublished essays, writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, actors and businesswomen in their 30s take stock of their lives and 'consider what they have lost, what they have gained, and what they still need to learn.' Ivy Meeropol discusses making a documentary about her grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were in their 30s when they were executed for treason in 1953. Heather Juergensen wonders if she'll be the type of actor who takes the risk of aging naturally; and Veronica Chambers, who is now happily married after ignoring the advice of countless self-help dating books, knows that it's 'okay to fall head over heels for one loser after another.' Flor Morales, who runs a housecleaning service, fled an alcoholic husband in El Salvador for a new life in California; and prochoice activist Jennifer Baumgardner never considered an abortion when she learned she was unexpectedly pregnant, while Tanya Shaffer scrapped her plans for artificial insemination when the right man proposed marriage. This perceptive if uneven collection gathered by freelance writer and editor Richesin will speak frankly to 30-something readers as they make critical decisions about their own lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With original essays by women in their thirties, this intriguing collection celebrates this often-maligned period in a woman's life as productive, dynamic, and vibrant.
About the Author
Andrea N. Richesin began work on The May Queen on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, and has been talking to women from all walks of life about this critical decade in their lives for the last four years. A writer and editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.