Flying Solo

Single Women in Midlife

Carol M. Anderson (Author), Susan Stewart (Author)

With Sona Dimidjian

Overview | Inside the Book
 

A groundbreaking book portraying the new American lifestyle of single midlife women.

Unmarried at 40—could there be anything worse? Our culture dictates that women who have failed to catch or hold the golden ring of marriage are destined to be deprived and depressed, perhaps even dangerous. Add the burden of age and you have a woman headed for disaster. Not necessarily so, say the authors of Flying Solo, who talked with never-married, divorced, and widowed women in midlife across the country. These women's stories offer blueprints for living, as well as inspiration, for other women "flying solo."

Most of these women did not intend to be single at midlife. Yet they have given up the dream of "happily ever after" to create lives on their own that are rich and rewarding. The authors share these women's stories as well as their practical advice on managing the mechanics of being single, transforming loneliness, redefining the place of work, developing friendship and support networks, living with and without intimacy and sex with men, and choosing to have and raise children. In the process they define not just a new American lifestyle but a new American Dream.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31347-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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“An engaging, insightful, and thoroughly necessary book.” — Maggie Scarf

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