Reunion: The Girls We Used to Be, the Women We Became

Reunion: The Girls We Used to Be, the Women We Became

by Elizabeth Fishel

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ISBN-13: 9780679449836
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

A journalist, lecturer, and teacher, Elizabeth Fishel  has written extensively on family issues for national mag-azines, including Redbook, Child, Parents, McCall's, Ms., and Cosmopolitan. She lives in northern California with her husband and two sons. This is her fourth book.

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It was from my curiosity about this gap between childhood dreams and midlife realities, between youthful promise and womanly fulfillment, that the idea for this book was conceived. Raised to believe they were among their generation's best and brightest, my class can be seen as a bellwether for a generation caught without a compass on the cutting edge of uncharted territory. After graduation they faced an explosion of choices unimaginable when they were schoolgirls. Each graduate, willing or not, prepared or not, would become a pioneer trying to discover her path on roads that were not yet on anybody's map. Their choices energized and empowered some, stymied or sidelined others. I began this book to find out why.

Preface

It was from my curiosity about the gap between childhood dreams and midlife realities, between youthful promise and womanly fulfillment, that the idea for this book was conceived. Raised to believe they were among their generation's best and brightest, my class can be seen as a bellwether for a generation caught without a compass on the cutting edge of uncharted territory. After graduation they faced an explosion of choices unimaginable when they were schoolgirls. Each graduate, willing or not, would become a pioneer trying to discover her path on roads that were not yet on anybody's map. Their choices energized and empowered some, stymied or sidelined others. I began this book to find out why.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
When Author Elizabeth Fishel was unhappy at Radcliffe she went to the school shrink who patiently explained to her that her problem was that she 'kept a double set of books'. One set was for the public, the other was her private assesment.Unfortunately for Fishel, Reunion is the public book. Fishel is quite gossipy about the misfortunes of others in her class but glosses over what really happened in her own life. This is the opposite of what a high school reunion is all about.Reunions in the best of all possible worlds are for sharing openly with old friends. Worse, Fishel clothes her gossip in the language of 'sociology'. If instead of hiding behind the fig-leaf of 'psycho babble' Fishel were actually able to expose her own falures and self doubts she could begin to write a decent, compassionate and illuminating book.