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As Time Goes By: Boomerang Marriages, Serial Spouses, Throwback Couples, and Other Romantic Adventures in an Age of Longevity
     

As Time Goes By: Boomerang Marriages, Serial Spouses, Throwback Couples, and Other Romantic Adventures in an Age of Longevity

by Abigail Trafford
 

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People today are living longer and healthier lives than at any other time in history-with profound implications for the nature of their romantic relationships. In As Time Goes By, bestselling author Abigail Trafford describes how people over fifty are rewriting the script of love and redefining the institution of marriage for future generations.

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People today are living longer and healthier lives than at any other time in history-with profound implications for the nature of their romantic relationships. In As Time Goes By, bestselling author Abigail Trafford describes how people over fifty are rewriting the script of love and redefining the institution of marriage for future generations.

Drawing on interviews with hundreds of men and women, married and single, gay and straight, Trafford illustrates the complicated nature of the period of vitality after midlife but before traditional old age. Offering wise and compassionate advice, As Time Goes By is an urgently needed guide to the pursuit of love and happiness in this dynamic stage of life.

Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal
“[Abigail Trafford] delves into the problems of retirement and illness with compassionate insight and offers observations rather than advice. A distinctive slant on the aging process; highly recommended.”

Washington Post
“…the mood also amounts to a point of view: not rose-colored glasses but a strong, hopeful heart and an abiding belief in the power of love.”

Publishers Weekly
“This insightful book has quite a bit to say about modern relationships, young and old, the most important of which may be that falling in love at 80 is not much different from falling in love at 18.”

The Daily Sound
“There is an amazing amount of food for thought in this book. Mixing advice and societal study, author Abigail Trafford includes interviews with real people, hard research and data, and stories that will sound all-too-familiar to anyone who’s had a relationship… If you’ve ever been in love, if you are struck by the fact that the number of years you have left are fewer than the number of years you’ve lived, or if you’re looking anew at an old relationship, you need this book. As Time Goes By is simply engaging.”

Bunny Crumpacker
Trafford writes about all these commotions and consolations with compassion and tenderness. She provides an abundance of examples of couples of all sorts. Their narratives describe the paths they have taken, the curves and straight stretches, the dips and descents, perils and rewards. The stories told by many of her couples are encouraging and inspiring, as are her reassuring comments.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal

As people live longer and healthier lives, the opportunities for finding love and enduring loss grow to awesome proportions, found Trafford (My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades After Fifty) after interviewing hundreds of couples in a wide range of relationships. She delves into the problems of retirement and illness with compassionate insight and offers observations rather than advice. A distinctive slant on the aging process; highly recommended for all public libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465002801
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/26/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Abigail Trafford, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, is a former health editor at the Washington Post. She is the author of My Time and Crazy Time. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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