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Biography & Autobiography General

Kicking Fifty

by (author) Lisa Appignanesi

Publisher
McArthur & Company
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
Category
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552784303
    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price
    $10.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552783788
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $24.95

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Description

Being a singleton of thirty-something may have its problems. Being one as you approach fifty, and have a teenage daughter to boot, would provide a challenge even to Jane Austen. Enter Jude Brautigan, divorcee, bookshop owner, daughter, mother, friend and fierce letter writer. Kicking fifty, Jude finds herself sandwiched between a demented mum and a rarely sensible daughter - whose hormones rage in a direction opposite to her own, though not always with dissimilar consequences.Jude doesn't like to confess it, even to her old (and thus inevitably, feminist) self, but she still harbours perverse urges: she wouldn't mind a lover; she wouldn't even mind something a little more sentimentally permanent, though to speak of permanence at her waning age feels a little like tempting fate. Which is precisely what takes over in this warm and witty novel. After all, a sense of humour may be the only sense we're finally left with.

About the author

Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in Canada and France. A prize-winning novelist and writer, she is a former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. She is the author (with John Forrester) of the classic study Freud's Women, the Charles Taylor Prize shortlisted Losing the Dead, and the award-winning Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors. Lisa lives in London, England.

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