The memoir Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found tells how a quasi-alcoholic actor came to spend four astonishing months living and working among men with severe disabilities at a L’Arche community in Provence, and how the experience opened her heart and transformed her life.
The book brings to life the late seventies, when feminism and sexual liberation were ascendant, and a single woman had to come to terms with what this new kind of freedom meant. It gives a backstage view of the triumphs and miseries of a successful actor, celebrates daily life in France — tradition, argument, cheese — and shows a daughter struggling to emerge from the shadow of her powerful, flawed parents.
Loose Woman illuminates how, with the help of six damaged Frenchmen, a gifted, damaged young woman begins, at last, to trust and forgive herself, to live loosely, and to set off in a surprising new direction.
About the author
Beth Kaplan worked as a professional actress for a decade before leaving the stage to earn an MFA in Creative Writing. She has taught memoir and personal essay writing since 1994 and in 2012 won the coveted Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Toronto.Beth is the author of scores of essays in newspapers, magazines, and on CBC Radio, and of three books: Finding the Jewish Shakespeare, a biography of her great-grandfather; All My Loving, a memoir of the sixties; and True to Life, a succinct guide to personal narrative, which is the textbook for her courses.