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Single Woman of a Certain Age

Jane is the editor of the anthology “Single Woman of a Certain Age: Romantic Escapades, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes… and Serene Independence” (New World Library, 5/09), a fantastic collection featuring wise and witty voices of single women in their prime: Joyce Maynard, Merrill Markoe, April Sinclair, Wendy Merrill and many more. Of the anthology, the Hartford Courant wrote:

“This collection of essays shows that writers know plenty about love: how it works, when it works, when it doesn’t, and why it’s not always the be-all and end-all of a woman’s emotional life. Growing older solo is fraught with challenges -- but also with opportunities.”

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, Wendy Merrill dumps a younger lover to save her self-esteem, Diane Mapes prefers the joys of aunthood over motherhood, Sunny Singh enjoys her unmarried status so much she dreads meeting the perfect man, Ms. Gonick dates a sexy (if uneducated) cowboy, and Rachel Toor finally finds the perfect companion—and he has four legs.

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