When Christine’s husband of ten years dumps her over the phone while she watches a Hugh Grant film she is sent spinning on a cathartic, self-medicated journey to the land of self-acceptance and self-reliance. Surrounded by her sister and a strong support group of friends, Christine learns how to deal with the horrors of dating, finding new appliances, and the exhilarating feeling of shopping without consequence.An uproarious look at the suddenly single life of a divorcee, Dora Heldt’s first book to appear in English captures the zeitgeist of the new millennium with searing insight while never deigning to take itself too seriously. Sparkling dialogue and unforgettable characters create a vibrant world of sardonic, take-no-prisoners women who hold their own in a world geared toward acceptance of their younger selves. Not since Bridget Jones’ Diary or Sex in the City has anything like Life After Forty so accurately and thoroughly expressed the modern female point of view with such startling clarity.
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About the Author
Dora Heldt was born in 1961 on the North Sea island of Sylt, where she trained as a bookseller. She works as sales representative for a book publisher and lives in Hamburg. Her novel Vacation with Dad (forthcoming from AmazonCrossing) was one on Germany’s bestseller list for 61 weeks. Translator Jamie Lee Searle is a freelance translator and reviewer of German-language literature for publications such as New Books in German. She lives in London and teaches German language and translation. Her thesis on Timothy Garton Ash was awarded with the 2010 Jethro Bithell Award, and she recently co-founded the publishing collective And Other Stories, which seeks to promote and publish international literature in translation in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set in Germany, this international chick lit is a great read for the older chick lit fans! Our main character Christine, finds herself in the midst of a marriage that is falling apart piece by piece. She ends up single in the city about to turn 40 and wondering what to do from there. Her story starts there and ends in a completely different spot, it was fun to see where her journey would take her and who would be with her in the end. Although I am not one to enjoy a book that doesn't take place on my side of the pond, this book could have been set anywhere and because of that I loved the anywhere quality. So I could completely immerse myself into Christine's story and get to know all of her friends and family that would be by her side through this difficult season. I don't want to burst the bubble on this one, but I felt as though her ups and downs were real and happen to many women who find themselves single at a later time in their lives. A chick lit that I would recommend to young and old even though the younger generation may not be quite in the age range of the main character. I think this story is one for everyone to read where each reader will come away with something different - may it be an appreciation for the relationship in or the guts to leave one that isn't working. With a sequel to be reviewed tomorrow - I will continue following Christine in her adventure as a single city gal.