A Certain Age
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The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm. As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband. But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice. Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.
Anne Aly, Liz Byrski, Sarah Drummond, Mehreen Faruqi, Goldie Goldbloom, Krissy Kneen, Jeanine Leane, Brigid Lowry and Pat Torres are among fifteen voices recounting what it is like to be a woman on the other side of 40. These are stories of identity and survival, and a celebration of getting older and wiser, and becoming more certain of who you are and where you want to be.
With charming biographical sketches, this book celebrates twenty individuals who shaped key events of the twentieth Century
Just how long do you plan on defying the laws of gravity? Responding to overwhelming demand, the Cambridge Women's Pornography Cooperative has researched deeply into the desires of women of a certain age. The result: forty steamy scenarios show hunky yet distinguished men catering to every whim. These handsome hotties insist she take an early retirement, delight in the silver in her hair, and best of all, take over the cooking and cleaning. Mrrow! Scientifically proven to make women swoon, Porn for Women of a Certain Age will leave the ladies begging for more.
Situated at the crossroads of gender studies, narratology, and cultural studies, this book investigates the impact that the demographic and cultural revolutions of the last century have had on Italian women's life courses and on their literary imaginations. The geographic and chronological focus is Italy of the 1990s. The study is divided into two parts that represent an ideal progression from contexts to texts. The first part traces changes in the representations of women's aging bodies during different phases of Italian history in connection with women's social status, geographical locations, education and professional opportunities, and marriage prospects. It also presents both statistical information about and analysis of the social presence, cultural impact, and gender identity of older people in present-day Italy. The second part of the book analyzes several novels, including Di buona famiglia and Ultima luna, for narrative structure, setting, choice of themes and imagery, and asks how and to what degree narrative strategies are affected by age consciousness.
A Certain Age is an unconventional, evocative work of history and a moving reflection on memory, modernity, space, time, and the limitations of traditional historical narratives. Rudolf Mrázek visited Indonesia throughout the 1990s, recording lengthy interviews with elderly intellectuals in and around Jakarta. With few exceptions, they were part of an urban elite born under colonial rule and educated at Dutch schools. From the early twentieth century, through the late colonial era, the national revolution, and well into independence after 1945, these intellectuals injected their ideas of modernity, progress, and freedom into local and national discussion. When Mrázek began his interviews, he expected to discuss phenomena such as the transition from colonialism to postcolonialism. His interviewees, however, wanted to share more personal recollections. Mrázek illuminates their stories of the past with evocative depictions of their late-twentieth-century surroundings. He brings to bear insights from thinkers including Walter Benjamin, Bertold Brecht, Le Corbusier, and Marcel Proust, and from his youth in Prague, another metropolis with its own experience of passages and revolution. Architectural and spatial tropes organize the book. Thresholds, windowsills, and sidewalks come to seem more apt as descriptors of historical transitions than colonial and postcolonial, or modern and postmodern. Asphalt roads, homes, classrooms, fences, and windows organize movement, perceptions, and selves in relation to others. A Certain Age is a portal into questions about how the past informs the present and how historical accounts are inevitably partial and incomplete.
'I lost my virginity to a twenty-five year-old man. And on a schoolnight, too.' Sex with an Older Man Parents who don't understand Politics in the playground Blowjobs behind the bike-sheds Skinning up in the schoolyard It's what happens when you reach a Certain Age. Just the hormones kicking in. We've all been there . . . haven't we? A CERTAIN AGE - the reality behind the problem pages. It's what Just 17 never told you about growing up.
This story is based on the children of the main characters described in "Women of a Certain Age" and "Gentlemen of a Certain Age". As an author, the idea of creating a sequel to the first two novels gave my imagination a boost, and putting the grandchildren of the characters of the second book in a setting of their own adventures and love interests, I made it into a trilogy. Although "Women of a Certain Age" did not relate necessarily to "Gentlemen of a Certain Age", the third novel describes the lives and adventures of the children of the characters in both books. After their education, and college experiences many of the characters become friends when they meet ocasionally while visiting their grandparents who had decided to enter the same retirement community once their careers ended. The grandchildren become acquainted as well, thereby starting another circle of friendships that may create yet another one through the next generation -- circles linking together once again, designing another brand-new pattern.
A warm, thoughtful, and well-researched study of how elderly parents and their middle-aged children can, with wisdom, courage, and respect, relate to one another with genuine friendship.--Louise Fradkin and Mirca Liberti, cofounders of Children of Aging Parents
This novel is the story of seven friends who have known each other since their college days. During one of their reunions they decide that after their careers end, they will enter a retirement community in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Benjamin Pollack, a retired anthropolist, selects an apartment on the second floor. When the lease is signed, he tells the general manager of Oakbrook Manor that he'd like to be seated at a table for eight, since he has six friends who will join him when their careers end as well. the next friend to join the group is Conrad Ballister, a retired investment banker. He witnessed a car accident, seeing a truck driver run into the back of a passenger car, leave the scene with a sneer after refusing to give out his drivers license to the owner of the car. He decided to study law once he got out of school, to bring justice to people like the hapless driver of that passenger car. A few months later, he is joined by Martin Fraser, a retired Herald Tribune correspondent. When he is brought to the table by the dining room manager, he is welcomed with open arms by Conrad and Ben. After dinner, Ben invites Martin and Conrad to his apartment for a cognac, as they get reacquainted. They decide to get together once a week to hear each other's lifestory. Sam Whittier is the friend who studied law, and decided to enter the political arena to be elected judge in the San Francisco court system. Alan Carstairs, a former classmate of Sam Whittier in law school, elected to become a lawyer who did pro-bono work on the side in order to help those who could not afford the hefty lawyer fees. Peter Evans, was a famous portrait painter until he developed weak muscles in his hands and could no longer claim perfection to a job well done. Roberto Giovanni grew up in a dysfunctional family, and as the oldest of five children, ended up responsible for his siblings after his father had left, and his mother died shortly thereafter.
“Women of a Certain Age” is the story told by each of four women in a retirement community who have dinner at the same table every day. Maggie, a retired librarian, was married for many years to a psychiatrist who had been recommended to her by an Emergency doctor treating Maggie when she had been attacked by four men on her way to the bus stop one day after the library closed. Her friend Laura, a journalist at the town’s daily newspaper, too her to her doctor’s appointment the following afternoon and their friendship lasts through marriage, children and the death of their husbands. They both enter the same retirement community. Zoe, a healthcare professional specializing in massage therapy, is a strong intuitive and meeting the women as a newcomer to the retirement community, she livens up the conversations during dinner and becomes an interesting addition to the friendship bond the women have formed. The fourth woman to become part of that bond, Bethanne, has come from a women’s shelter for abused women after she finally had the courage to leave her husband. Together, the four women become fast friends and decide to create an appropriate form of punishment for the abusive husband who is leading a life of luxury, decadence and women. He has several off-shore bank accounts which the four women plan to break into helped by an influential friend, thereby bankrupting the man to prevent him from victimizing other women for the rest of his life.
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE is an 80,000 word version of what goes on in a retirement village in South Florida as seen through the eyes of four senior women. Though this is a work of fiction, many of the situations depicted were real. The authors may have exaggerated these events but they do represent actual incidents that took place in senior communities. Written in an anecdotal style, this novel explores the premise that life goes on after Social Security as does dating and intimacy. Children, even when they are fully grown, pose headaches for their parents. Death is a frequent visitor; the inevitable is always at the next sunrise. These women cope with humor and love. All of this, and more, becomes a way of life and they learn to manage and to survive with the hands they are dealt. We view their heartbreaks, their joys, their good days and bad, and their intense loyalty to one another. The strength of WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE lies in its honest dialogue, realistic situations, and its portrayal of what occurs with the graying of senior women. We learn to love these people, flaws and all, as we begin to understand that they are all a reflection of ourselves and that one day, if we are lucky, we will walk in their shoes.
This timely book assembles a chorus of sophisticated, edgy, and humorous voices on the topic of being unmarried in one’s prime. Far from being out to pasture, these writers zestily take on the challenges and enjoy the rewards of growing older as a single woman: sex (or not), occasional loneliness, single motherhood, second careers, menopause, critter comforts, and more. Joyce Maynard (“fifteen years divorced and pushing fifty with a short stick”) tries online dating, Kathi Kamen Goldmark embraces her newly empty nest, Susan Griffin savors the joys of solo travel, Wendy Merrill dumps a younger lover to save her self-esteem, Diane Mapes prefers the joys of aunthood over motherhood, Ms. Gonick dates a sexy (if uneducated) cowboy, and Rachel Toor finally finds the perfect companion — and he has four legs.
DescriptionIs a diary of the daily life of Fatma Durmush. Fatma Durmush who is fast approaching her fifties has just finished her studies and is talking about the daily routines which schizophrenia and illness has imposed on her. For example due to the injections she became seriously ill but it is not all doom and gloom there is the family and how she is seeing her nephews and niece grow up. From the daily life we see a picture of the schizophrenic and how working on the MA is a cure which is official for when Durmush went on a talk about schizophrenia the speaker in Hackney College said that all schizophrenics should be in a football team concentrating or on a job which is challenging. Durmush's writing is instinctive and she protrays herself as the victim of the Voice but the diarist is there alive to all of the sides the Victim is no longer the most obvious and being an MA has sharpen her. About the AuthorFatma Durmush has had schizophrenia for thirty odd years and after living with that amount of mental health problems she when she reached forty decided she would begin studying in good earnest. So she did an GNVQ and then foundation in art and then a degree and this year she has finished her MA in fine art. When her father became seriously ill she had to make a choice was it to be giving up the BA or doing the BA? In the end her father decided for her and he was gone but Fatma always said it was a thing that she could not decide for she loved them both.
The lover and the husband; The woman of a certain age, etc. [by P.M.C. de Barnard du Grail de la Villette] ed. by mrs. Gore
Women of a certain age takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after we first meet the Gabriels. Patricia, the family matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are forever changing.
A book lover's guide to embracing beauty, sensuality, creativity, connection, wonder, and joy in late life, The Book of Old Ladies introduces readers to thirty fictional texts featuring "women of a certain age" who prepare for the journey of aging, inhabit the territory, and increasingly become their truest selves.
Lorrie Moore meets Ottessa Moshfegh in this darkly playful and subversive debut story collection exploring the many impossible choices that accompany 21st century femaleness. What is the right way to handle an abusive partner? An unexpected pregnancy? A toxic friendship? Chronic unemployment? Gender dysphoria? A family member going to war? A disability? Anger? Loneliness? Finding themselves in disempowering, frightening, or otherwise unendurable circumstances, the girls, women, and non-binary characters in Maria Adelmann's stories look for ways to free themselves into new lives or, at the very least, new states of feeling. Sometimes they do this by hurting someone else or getting hurt; sometimes by submitting, other times by mounting a rebellion. With a special talent for pressing the sharp up against the tender, Adelmann explores the many pathways through the titular condition. Ranging in style from the magical to the terrifying to the calm tones of a self-help manual, GIRLS OF A CERTAIN AGE captures the spectrum of strategies we apply to the pain of life, strategies that we persist in pretending might actually work.