Single Womenby Clare Christie
The twenty-two contributors to this volume find a common bond in their diversity, based on their desire to explore ways that single women can live more fully in a society that places such great emphasis on marriage and narrowly defines family as spouse and children. The contributors, ranging in age from 20 to 70, represent numerous vocations and spiritual traditions. Issues of prejudice, poverty, low self-esteem, fear, loneliness, and rage surface as single women tell their stories. Working through difficulties, many found great fulfillment in aloneness and reached significant literary and professional achievements based on strengths gained from successfully overcoming feelings of worthlessness. More than a few women found great sources of strength in deep personal and religious convictions.
Meet the Author
MARY O'BRIEN is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CLARE CHRISTIE is an attorney who has also taught classes in gerontology.
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Although I was fortunate to find this book at our local library, it is on my list of 'books-to-own.' Valuable inspiration and spiritually confiming for any woman at any age ~ single, divorced or widowed. The contents discuss issues that pertain specifically to women at different stages in life: stereotypes, sexism, poor and single ~ growth in spirit, reclaiming self, affirming direction, the gift of solitude and Widowhood (A door of Hope.) The contributors to the book are strong, single women (not feminists) who either chose to be single or were forced, due to circumstances, into singlehood. Each write a 'heart-felt' autobiographical essay about their spiritual journey. Their stories will make you laugh, cry, empathise and understand. Highly recommended.