A Round-Heeled Woman : My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance
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**Update 2/1/05** Reserved for kristamd as part of the Lovers Leap relay on bookrelay.com
Sending off to kristamd as promised. Sorry for the long wait!
Although I liked the writing style, I found that the narrative sagged at times. The connection between Jane's adventures in dating and the side stories she tells about other aspects of her life wasn't always apparent.
My coworker, who in her fifties suddenly lost her husband, took inspiration from Jane Juska after reading this book. She advertised on a website and has been having some interesting dates and adventures.
Thanks for the chance to read this book. I will pass it along or wild release (trying to think of a good spot to release!)
I had trouble every now and then keeping names straight, particularly when she'd start talking about someone she'd introduced in a previous chapter with no re-introduction and I couldn't locate the previous bit by flipping back through. I suppose I could re-read, but I probably won't.
I'm glad Juska found the courage to talk about (and participate in!) sex, even if it took her a while to arrive at that point. (It was hard for me to relate to her reticence at times - different generation, different experiences - and her stories about her early life helped me to get a feel for her perspective.) I think it's great that she was able to put herself out there, even though she did get knocked around a bit, and that she ended up with some wonderful memories and a stronger sense of self.
I think the part that bothered me most was her troubled relationship with her son. As my boys have become teenagers, I think losing them in a similar way has been one of my worst fears. I'm glad Juska and her son seem to have been able to forge an accord in the years since.
I have to say, if you read this book, be sure to read the last two pages. I detest the inane discussion questions publishers so often put in book club editions - Juska's "Non-Guide to Discussion" made me laugh out loud.
In her afterword, on the very last page, Juska mentions, "Now, too, I've begun talking about sex with my lovers." Sounds as though the adventure continues. You go, Jane!
Mailed from the Morehead City Post Office 7/3/08.