The Book of Old Ladies: Celebrating Women of a Certain Age in Fiction

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I selected this book thinking that it was an anthology of complete stories. My initial disappointment gave way to delight when I discovered that this was the author’s discovery of fiction which dealt with the aging process in women. Rather than calling these stories “coming of age,” she calls them “coming to age.” The author is so deeply erudite; her take on these stories is enlightening and delightful. She laments that fiction nearly always tells a women’s story through the lenses of marriage and family. In addition, the author feels that there are far too few stories of aging women, forgetting that until the recent past, most women died in childbirth. Only recently do we have the opportunity for old age. This reader became troubled when the author, in summary, lauded six protagonists for their independence, seemingly forgetting that one had committed infanticide.

This reader is delighted by being introduced to many stories which I have yet to read. To have these interesting stories encapsulated by a noted English professor gives one an added incentive to read all of the stories summarized in this engaging book.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 294 pages
Publisher She Writes Press
Publish Date 9/8/2020
ISBN 9781631527975 Buy this Book
Issue September 2020
Category Books About Books


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