Late-life Love

Late-life Love

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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"During a difficult year, acclaimed writer Susan Gubar celebrates her lasting partnership and the reciprocity of lovers in later life. On Gubar's seventieth birthday, she receives a beautiful ring from her husband. As she contemplates their sustaining relationship, she begins to consider how older lovers differ from their youthful counterparts--and from ageist stereotypes. While her husband confronts age-related disabilities that effectively ground them, Susan dawdles over the logistics of moving from their cherished country house to a more manageable place in town and starts seeking out literature on the changing seasons of desire. Throughout the complications of devoted caregiving, her own ongoing cancer treatments, apartment hunting, the dismantling of a household, and perplexity over the breakdown of a treasured friendship, Susan finds consolation in books and movies. Works by writers from Ovid and Shakespeare to Gabriel García Márquez and Marilynne Robinson lead Susan to appraise the obstacles many senior couples overcome: the unique sexuality of bodies beyond their prime as well as the trials of retirement, adult children, physical infirmities, the multiplications or subtractions of memory, and the aftereffects of trauma. On the page and in life, Susan realizes that age cannot wither love. A memoir proving that the heart's passions have no expiration date, Late-Life Love rejoices in second chances."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393609578
Branch Call Number: 305.2620973 G921G
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 12, 2019

When I picked up the book at the library, I didn’t know if it was a novel or a non fiction book on the topic. Come to find out, it’s a memoir. At the time it was written, the author is around 70 and her husband is 87. They have been married around 20 years.

My back story...met my Mr Wonderful at 48 and married (first time) at 50.

I thought the book would be about, sadly, her husband passing, and her finding new love at 72 or so. I will admit that it took me until over half the book to realize that, her finding love late in life was when she found it at 50. Which is, of course, my own love story. Gasp! Is 50 considered “late”?

I found that I enjoyed the parts of the book that dealt with most things involving her and her family. I would have thought I’d like the concept of incorporating various books, music and films into her story, but I didn’t. I found myself skimming past pages and pages until her story was back. Maybe because I didn’t know any of her reference books/films.

Feb 04, 2019

OK, kind of skimmed it.


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