Voices of “In Our Prime”

Funny, serious, juicy, sometimes dramatic, always rewarding<these forty essays written by women 50 years and older probe the issues and experiences of their generations. Readers will laugh in recognition and cry with empathy. The essays are grouped into six categories: Juggling: Nine to Five, If Only it Were Different, What We All Should Know, Looks, Hellos and Goodbyes, and Love & Lust.

Within their pages are insights into the daily realities as well as the life altering issues that define our lives. The format and size are perfect for time-crunched, busy women who can dip into the book when they have a few minutes and then come back to it later. It¹s ideal for book groups and will provide fodder for conversations with friends and sisters. This book covers the impact of that wrenching struggle between the competing demands of motherhood and career. It examines the pluses and minuses of losing friends. There are essays about abuse, divorce, building a business, overcoming health problems, and finding Mr. Right. It even deals with the invisibility that causes salespeople and lusty men to ignore a woman of a certain age. In addition to the familiar experiences, the book includes less common topics.

There’s an intimate portrait of life with a drug-addicted offspring, a tale about finding new perspective after a near death experience, and two accounts of arranged marriages. The writers come from all parts of the United States, and one essayist lives in India. They are journalists, corporate and nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, media people, consultants, teachers, health care professionals and stay-at-home writer/moms. What they share is an ageless spirit and a confidence that come from maturing at a time when women have had greater opportunities and have lived in a bigger world than did their mothers. They write with wit and wisdom, and the tales they tell reveal the lives and issues of women who have passed the half-century mark.