Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife

Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife

by Carol M. Anderson, Susan Stewart
     
 

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A groundbreaking book portraying the new American lifestyle of single midlife women.
Unmarried at 40—could there be anything worse? Our culture dictates that women who have failed to catch or hold the golden ring of marriage are destined to be deprived and depressed, perhaps even dangerous. Add the burden of age and you have a woman headed for disaster.

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A groundbreaking book portraying the new American lifestyle of single midlife women.
Unmarried at 40—could there be anything worse? Our culture dictates that women who have failed to catch or hold the golden ring of marriage are destined to be deprived and depressed, perhaps even dangerous. Add the burden of age and you have a woman headed for disaster. Not necessarily so, say the authors of Flying Solo, who talked with never-married, divorced, and widowed women in midlife across the country. These women's stories offer blueprints for living, as well as inspiration, for other women "flying solo."
Most of these women did not intend to be single at midlife. Yet they have given up the dream of "happily ever after" to create lives on their own that are rich and rewarding. The authors share these women's stories as well as their practical advice on managing the mechanics of being single, transforming loneliness, redefining the place of work, developing friendship and support networks, living with and without intimacy and sex with men, and choosing to have and raise children. In the process they define not just a new American lifestyle but a new American Dream.

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Editorial Reviews

Maggie Scarf
“An engaging, insightful, and thoroughly necessary book.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors present findings gathered from interviews with 87 middle-aged single women who disprove the stereotype that marriage is necessary for a woman's happiness. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393313475
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
1,431,191
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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