(from back cover text) This superlative work features fifty rich stories from women of diverse backgrounds and experience.
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Changing Course is the new collection from bestselling author Yitta Halberstam (Small Miracles). It features a humor essay by mystery novelist Sandy Henry (Something Borrowed, Something Blue), as well as offerings and comments from such notables as Betty Rollin, Joyce Maynard, Oprah Winfrey and Susan Sarandon.
Fearing, Facing and (Finally!) Embracing Forty
by Sandy Henry
The clock struck twelve. I stood at the mirror, dimly lit by the full moon streaming through the window. I leaned in, searching my reflection. After about thirty seconds of sameness, I exhaled. It was finally here. I was forty.
I lumbered back to bed-I was now of legal lumbering age. I groaned. My husband, just a few months into his fortieth year, slept soundly. He was oblivious to my anxiety. Did he not realize that I was old-literally twice the age I had been when we met? No, he was clueless.
I lay on my back, thinking about all the things I was now too old to do, wear, be. I guess a tattoo was out, I thought. As if I'd ever seriously entertained the idea of inflicting that kind of pain on myself anyway. Who did I think I was? Cher? Maybe she had the tush to pull off a tattoo in middle age, but even at my youngest, fittest, firmest best, I was no Cher...