Jennifer Grant - Home Jennifer Grant Home About Books Speaking "...a necessary, awakening memoir." - Jon M. Sweeney "Grant moves us through heavy subjects like marriage, death, and religion in her new memoir. She is fiercely tender, funny, passionate, and hungry for justice. Read this book!" - Becca Stevens "Jennifer Grant's shimmering prose, soulful observations, wit, and insight make her an apt companion as we move through this necessary life stage? ?of change and growth." ?- Michelle Van Loon? What is middle age, anyway? Centuries ago, we began to invent the concept of “childhood.” Now we need to hone definitions of stages in our adult lives. Middle-age is among the most provocative and confusing of all the adult phases. What does it mean? Jennifer Grant offers a significant contribution to our understanding of “middle age.” As she suggests in 19 brief, funny, confessional essays, midlife is not a mathematically devised period of time. Nor does it arrive at the same age for everyone. You recognize your own midlife when your children begin walking ahead of you on the sidewalk because they don’t want to be seen with you. When you develop aches and pains in joints you never knew you had. When you begin to watch your parents age. When it begins to seem plausible that you might sometime actually die. It is always harder, I think, to make a reader believe in hope than in despair. And yet, in these essays, Grant performs some of the magic of recovery. Simple magic, magic we can follow. She ages. She changes. Grant is scrupulously fair, often hilarious, sometimes wounded, angry. But she is capable of looking up and seeing that the weather will change. ?by Jeanne Murray Walker, from the foreword subscribe for book news ?and more. Home Books Speaking About Copyright ? 2016 Home About Books Speaking ?