Thursday, February 07, 2008

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

One of the best reads I picked up and read about a year ago.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan.

A story featuring a woman who finds herself figuring out life after 25+ years of marriage, the kids are gone, and the husband takes up with... someone she never expected. Takes place in London.

But could easily take place in L.A., Ames, NYC, or Flagstaff.

We were talking about this yesterday in the office and in class. How, after a certain age, we as a society discard women. Well, in general, someone argued how our society doesn't value women period, except for in the sex or servant role. And that after the "sex-appeal" or the "motherhood" years pass, we think women don't have much to offer. And that sometimes feeds into depression, feeling useless, or wondering what all that life, learning, marriage, and mothering was all about... that some studies suggest about middle age and gender.

Interesting conversation. Of course it then drifted into politics, and some of the "younger vs older" dynamics we've heard in recent months. But I won't go there here.

All I can say is that Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan was a very satisfying read.

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