“Sheehy is fascinating, a genius at her craft.” – The Washington Post
“An anecdote-filled compendium of women living what Sheehy calls ‘fully and passionately’…carr[ies] an optimistic message: Despite age, menopause and wrinkles, women can continue to enjoy sex.” – The New York Times
“For readers seeking reassurance that life can begin anew, [Sex and the Seasoned Woman] can serve as a blame and guide.” – San Francisco Chronicle
About the Book
In her most groundbreaking work since Passages and The Silent Passage, bestselling author Gail Sheehy reveals a hidden cultural phenomenon – a surge of vitality in women’s sex and love lives after fifty. Boomer-generation women in midlife are open as never before to sex, love, dating, new dreams, exploring spirituality, and revitalizing their marriages. This is a new universe of passionate, liberated women who are unwilling to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age and are now realizing they don’t have to. As life spans grow longer and societal constraints loosen, older women find themselves ready to pursue the passionate life. They embrace their “second adulthood” as a period of reawakening.
Written in Sheehy’s singularly compelling style, combining interviews, and research, this book gives voice to more than a hundred fascinating and colorful women from various walks of life – married, divorced, widowed, lesbian, and long single. Sheehy delineates plathways to reopening intimacy and sexual pleausre, and examines the latest medical breakthroughs addressing problems that have curtailed women’s sex lives. In these portraits, Sheehy locates the universal patterns tha enable us all to recognize and understand our own lives.