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Late-life love : a memoir / Susan Gubar.

Author/creator Gubar, Susan, 1944- author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Copyright Notice ©2019
Description337 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Part I: Fellow travelers. Thanksgiving ; A second chance ; Signs of decline ; Falling in love ; The trace ; Props -- Part II: Grounded. Alterations ; Lovesickness ; What's love got to do with it? ; Late-life lechery ; Sunsets ; Cupidity ; Wrinkled in time ; Give and take ; Tequila mockingbird -- Part III: Vacating the premises. Wintering ; Silver threads among the gold ; Recounting the ways ; Enormous changes at the last minute ; Chrisnukkah ; Later.
Abstract "During a difficult year, acclaimed writer Susan Gubar celebrates her lasting partnership and the reciprocity of lovers in later life. On Gubar's seventieth birthday, she receives a beautiful ring from her husband. As she contemplates their sustaining relationship, she begins to consider how older lovers differ from their youthful counterparts--and from ageist stereotypes. While her husband confronts age-related disabilities that effectively ground them, Susan dawdles over the logistics of moving from their cherished country house to a more manageable place in town and starts seeking out literature on the changing seasons of desire. Throughout the complications of devoted caregiving, her own ongoing cancer treatments, apartment hunting, the dismantling of a household, and perplexity over the breakdown of a treasured friendship, Susan finds consolation in books and movies. Works by writers from Ovid and Shakespeare to Gabriel García Márquez and Marilynne Robinson lead Susan to appraise the obstacles many senior couples overcome: the unique sexuality of bodies beyond their prime as well as the trials of retirement, adult children, physical infirmities, the multiplications or subtractions of memory, and the aftereffects of trauma. On the page and in life, Susan realizes that age cannot wither love. A memoir proving that the heart's passions have no expiration date, Late-Life Love rejoices in second chances."--Dust jacket.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
LCCN 2018030538
ISBN9780393609578 (hardcover)

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