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Posted August 31, 2013
Natalie, Jenna and Liz—three older women who rediscover the joys of life during one’s golden years—is basically what ‘Act Two for Three’ is about. If you can picture for a moment three different sixty-something or seventy-something women who go against the grain by avidly sinking their teeth in what life can still offer in this day and age, then you get the picture. This book by author Barbara Fox will put a smile on your face and take you along for a wonderful ride.
The trio are a powerful inspiration for women everywhere; their story empowers and shows women that regardless of their age or station in life, they can find joy and happiness, and adventure. Countless people will be able to feel for and relate with the book’s three main characters—it is one of those literary gems where the ‘what’ (the plot) is much less important as the ‘how’ (the ‘journey’ of reading it).
Fox’s writing has that rare warmth, sensibility and humor that make reading ‘Act Two for Three’ a delightful, memorable experience. You could fully empathize with, say, Jenna’s lingering emotional pain over the death of her husband—honestly, who hasn’t suffered or lost a loved one? But Fox writes it in subtle ways that she opens the wellspring of sadness that is present in all human hearts. You could fully feel Jenna’s loneliness and quiet desperation—when she wakes up in the morning hugging the husband he loved for four decades, only to be jolted awake with the realization that he’s gone and will never be back. There’s Natalie, who grapples with the fact that she has chosen her career over raising a family. And Liz, who after a lifetime of caring about the myriad needs of her family is finding her days either wonderfully free or depressingly empty—depending on where you sit on the whole glass half full/glass half empty outlook. The three women’s lives merge to form deep bonds of friendships often consumed and celebrated at their favorite alfresco place along Lincoln Road, where they share and talk about their lives, and plot what they do for the future. And just when they think they’re on cruise mode forever, surprises pounce on them like some reinvigorated stalker.
Fox’s ‘Act Two for Three’ is an intelligently written, deeply heartwarming story you will want to inhabit again and again. What’s more, if you have a loved one who somehow live lives like Jenna, Natalie, or Liz, you must send them a copy of this book as a heartfelt gift—I assure you it will be cherished by the recipient. I highly recommend!