Unaccompanied Women: Late Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate, by Jane Juska

When she was 66, Jane Juska placed an ad in the New York Review of Books: “Before I turn 67–next March–I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.  If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”  The adventures which followed led to her entertaining book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance (2003).  Covering the adventures (and lack of them) which followed in the wake of that first book, this sadder-but-wiser follow-up is a little thinner in content, but also more poignant and reflective.  Juska’s decision-making is sometimes questionable, and she isn’t always a likeable character, but the strength of the book is its honesty, and her willingness to share the truth of her experiences, embarassing missteps and all. 

Rating: ***A good read
Reviewed by: stc

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