In the Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50

Emily W. Upham, Editor, Linda Gravenson, Editor, Abigail Thomas, Contribution by . S&S/Atria $16 (276p) ISBN 978-1-4391-0923-6

Writers, poets, actors, musicians, and a gynecologist are among the 32 contributors, almost all past 60, gathered by pianist Upham and freelance journalist Gravenson to explore the high and low points of aging. Among them are the unexpected pleasures of living alone; the loss of parents, friends, and spouses, of health, sexual power, and power in the workplace.The best piece by far is by Vivian Gornick, who articulates what it means—both positive and negative—for a middle-aged woman to lose her youthful beauty and become invisible to strangers. Other strong pieces are by Erica Jong, about the difficulty of letting go of her dying 92-year-old father, and Carolyn See, about the meaning of moving to different homes at various stages of her life. Less successful as literary efforts are Joan Nicholson’s poem about coping with her emotionally disturbed adopted daughter after being diagnosed with a heart condition, and Jenny Allen’s self-disgust and panic at the prospect of taking a new passport photo. Nonetheless, all these pieces showcase honest, heartfelt voices that should provide solidarity to other women pondering the passage of time. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4391-6915-5
Show other formats
Discover what to read next