Synopses & Reviews
In Single Woman of a Certain Age, Jane Ganahl assembles a chorus of sophisticated, edgy, and humorous voices who tackle the topic of being unmarried and in one's prime. Chronicling the (mostly) ups and (sometimes) downs of the chronically 39, these writers address the challenges and rewards of growing older as a single woman: sex, loneliness, motherhood, learning to live alone (and happily), financial struggles or blossoming careers, menopause, and more. With infectious humor and emotional honesty, these essays show how women learn to come into their own, bucking the realities of how society treats the older female who's alone. Swinging between desperation and optimism, bad moods and good grace, the 25 contributions here range from the mild to the wild, the glamorous to the mundane, each expressing the gifts and travails of going solo, whether chosen or forced.
"If there is a best way to safely traverse the treacherous waters of a single midlife, none of the 28 writers who contributed to Ganahl's collection has found it. Of the five thematic sections (dating, giving up myths, personal growth, independence and children), the funniest collects dating stories, including Ellie Slott Fisher's concerns about her love life affecting her children: 'A cool mom is one thing, but a red-hot mama is utterly disturbing.' Wendy Merrill, whose family describes her dating history as 'Wendy's catch-and-release program,' dryly notes, 'Whatever I have contempt for, I should set a place for it at my table, because it's either already in my life or it's coming.' (In her case, alcoholism, eating disorders and being a 'serial mater.') Possibly the best-known contributor is Merrill Markoe, David Letterman's former collaborator and girlfriend, whose amusing essay feels out of place, since she discusses her live-in boyfriend. A few works delve into thera-speak: one writer suggests 'we replace "empty nest syndrome" with "open nest syndrome,"' while another, remarking about a road trip she and her boyfriend are on, informs readers, 'Our other journey-the one we're on as a couple-is in its fifth year.' Readers who can overlook this preciousness will enjoy the other warm voices of compassionate, hard-earned knowledge within." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An intriguing look at life and love in the over-forty lane. Spinsterhood never seemed so sexy or so smart. Autumn Stephens, Editor, Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick
Ganahl assembles a chorus of 38 sophisticated, edgy, and humorous voices who tackle the topic of being unmarried and in one's prime.
In Single Woman of a Certain Age,
Jane Ganahl assembles a chorus of sophisticated and witty voices for this revealing anthology about flying solo in midlife. Joyce Maynard and Dakota Cassidy try online hookups, Debra Ginsberg brings up the M-word, Cameron Tuttle goes on a date (with herself), Susan Griffin finds joy in solitude, and Rachel Toor finally finds companionship the four-legged kind.
Reflecting on the (mostly) ups and (sometimes) downs of women cruising past 40, these writers address the challenges and rewards of growing older as a single woman: sex, loneliness, motherhood, learning to live alone, financial struggles, blossoming careers, menopause, and more. Contributors include April Sinclair, Cameron Tuttle, Spike Gillespie, Laura Fraser, Susan Griffin, Jane Juska, Joyce Maynard, Sunny Singh and more.
About the Author
Jane Ganahl has written for San Francisco daily newspapers for twenty years. Since early 2002, she has been writing "Single Minded" a column by and for single womanhood. Her work has also appeared on Salon.com and RollingStone.com, and in various magazines including Book, Parenting, and Harp. She also organizes the Last Supper, a monthly dinner salon in San Francisco for creative people, codirects Litquake, an annual Bay Area literature festival, dates occasionally, and dotes on her twentysomething daughter. She is tired most of the time, but she really, really enjoys her unmarried life.