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My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)

My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)

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by Toby Devens

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Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life...until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list:

What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist):
--Get divorced (this is a must!)
--Quickly discover a lifetime supply of


Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life...until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list:

What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist):
--Get divorced (this is a must!)
--Quickly discover a lifetime supply of humor (this will also help with your children and your mentally deteriorating father)
--Stop sulking, show a little spirit and start a new life plan (also a must)
--Recruit your two very dear, newly single friends to help you with it
--Don't look back and enjoy the ride!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Still recovering from the discovery two years before that her husband of 26 years is gay (a revelation referred to as "The Treachery"), 54-year-old gynecologic oncologist Dr. Gwyneth Berke is resigned to a life of scientific pursuits, sulking in her luxury downtown Baltimore apartment and helping to care for her ailing father. Enter her best friends, widowed artist Kat and voluptuous entrepreneur Fleur, who coax Gwyn into dating again, a venture made easy by her looks, money and accomplishments. Though the men she meets at first are flakes, sexy lightning strikes at a medical conference when Gwyn meets Simon York, a renowned British gynecologist and researcher who doggedly woos a receptive Gwyn into the kind of torrid relationship that only two gynecologists can have. But Gwyn can't help wondering if Simon really is who he seems. He's too good and too busy to be true. More than light fare for the menopausal set, Devens's wise and witty debut is a distinguished addition to a crowded field. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Dr. Gwyn Berke and her two best friends, Kat and Fleur, are in their fifties. Gwyn's husband left her for another man, Kat's husband died, and Fleur has never been married. All three discover it's not easy to find available, attractive men. Fleur will try anything, from online dating services to supper clubs. Gwyn has a medical practice and a father with Alzheimer's. Where can she find the time for a relationship? And Kat's grown daughter objects to her dating. Devens's debut novel is an enjoyable story with a few problems, one of which is that there are too many characters interacting with Gwyn. The tired story line doesn't help either: a friend has cancer, and everyone rallies around her (see also Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and Mary Alice Monroe's The Book Club). However, the book does cover an age group usually left out of the literary loop, and there's also a great deal of humor. Recommended for all public libraries. Lesa M. Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Three successful Baltimore women find themselves suddenly single. Devens gives her baby-boomer heroines more than just menopause to worry about. The story begins as Dr. Gwyneth Berke struggles to make sense of her post-divorce life. Gwyn is in good company on her quest; her two best pals, Kat and Fleur, are also newly single. Each woman has achieved success in her professional life, but their personal lives are a different matter altogether: Kat is a widow, Fleur's boyfriend left her for a much younger and thinner rival, and Gwyn has been thrown back into the dating pool because her husband came out of the closet. These ladies aren't bumbling bimbos, and they won't settle for any old warm body-they want and deserve extraordinary men. It isn't easy for a woman with nearly 40 years of romantic baggage to find an uncomplicated and rewarding relationship. In Devens's world, friends aren't tossed aside as soon as a dashing gray-haired gentleman flashes a smile and bestows a bit of attention on a love-starved lady. In a well-executed revenge scenario, the ladies unite to battle a two-timing doctor who unwisely plays Gwyn for a fool. Refreshingly, these women stick together through travails tougher than mere dating disasters. Devens tackles meaty topics touching many women's lives: Friendship carries these ladies through cancer diagnoses and the hand-wringing drama of caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimer's. The author's weakness lies in trying to tackle too many themes-there are more than enough packed into these pages for at least one more book. An overstuffed debut that still manages to get to the heart of being a 50-year-old single woman.

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Chapter 1
So, how many times last month did you engage in sexual intercourse?"

Elaine Markowitz, a realtor, fifty-two and tummy tucked, shifted uncomfortably in her chair, disturbing the beige and teak tranquility of my office overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

"You sure my name isn't going to be published in this article, Dr. Berke?" she asked. "My mother's still living. She has cataracts, but she reads."

"No names. Just numbers, I promise. And it's an important study."

Elaine raised a skeptical eyebrow. "About sex?"
We'd been through this once, but now I clicked off my physician voice and turned on my woman-to-woman voice, warmer and more reassuring. "About female sexual interest once we reach menopause. And about our levels of activity and satisfaction. There are so many myths out there. Like Mother Nature flips the switch when we turn fifty and shuts us down. Which I don't for a moment believe, but I'd like to prove it. With statistics."

Better. Elaine settled back in her chair.

Meet the Author

Toby Devens was born in Brooklyn, New York and by age five was performing as a singer and actress on stage and television. She "retired" at thirteen, to resume a happy, conventional childhood.

She was graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in English literature. At AU, she became the first female editor of the college literary magazine, was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and was elected Most Outstanding Senior Woman. In her senior year, she won first prize, feature division, in a national journalism competition sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After a brief stint as the youngest writer on the public relations staff of AARP, she returned to Manhattan where she earned a M.A., also in English, from New York University. As New York editor for WHERE magazine, she gained experience in putting out a weekly publication and a few pounds reviewing restaurants and opening nights of supper clubs, as well as Broadway shows. She was a writer and senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications when she met her future husband interviewing him at a medical conference. The couple moved to Maryland, where Toby worked in corporate and health-related communications until the birth of her daughter, Amanda.

Toby Devens' first book, Mercy Lord, My Husband's in the Kitchen, was published by Doubleday in hardcover and Avon in soft. It received glowing reviews from People magazine, the West Coast Review of Books, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers around the country. Excerpts from the book were published as a McCall's center spread and later as a full page in the magazine. Her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in such publications as Reader's Digest, Family Circle, McCall's and Parents magazine, among many others.

Most recently, she served as senior vice president for an international network of transplant banks, supervising public relations and media outreach for more than fifty transplant banks across the U.S. and abroad, from India to Greece, Slovakia to Egypt. Traveling extensively, involved hands-on, she had a front row seat to cutting-edge biotechnology and medical advances around the globe. Her writing related to medical issues has appeared in numerous professional publications and scientific journals. She continues to write and consult in the medical field.

She has lectured, counseled and taught in areas as diverse as drug abuse prevention, crisis intervention, and childbirth education.

The inspiration for My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) emerged from her most recent sojourn into singlehood. She currently lives in a Maryland suburb halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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My Favorite Midlife Crisis (yet) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having been through much the dating thing after a divorce and all the pitfalls. The growing and learning experience was well worth the challenges. Ms. Devens does an excellent job of providing experience and humor. Good read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book entertaining. It kept me interested.
engine88JM More than 1 year ago
The book is an easy read and kept my interest. There are some pretty funny phrases and situations, the author should be commended for her humor. It took a few pages to get into but I really enjoyed the fact that it really isn't a story. More like a cut out of every day life.
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Andrew...*sighs* I'm breaking up with u..this isn't working for me...I'm sorry n I hope u 4give me..I hope were still friends..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Kisses down to your shouldrrs* yep i sure do