I recently finished this book on Kindle:
Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties tells the story of Maggie, a woman in her fifties who finds her life in crisis. Her husband suddenly walks out, and as she faces the world as a separated, soon-to-be divorced woman, she realizes that she has lost her sense of identity. She has been a wife and mother for so long, she hasn’t really had a strong sense of who she is and what she wants since she was in her thirties (hence the title). Maggie knows she must pull herself together and create a new life – but how?
As she casts about for new friends and a new vocation, she makes a lot of mistakes, but her confidence grows. Her divorce is finalized, and she works on closing that chapter of her life by attending a support group for new divorcees and making future plans. She befriends a man who could be a potential love interest, but is she ready? And when her ex-husband makes contact again, will she long for her former life?
The book was just ok for me … this is not a reflection on the author or her work (the story was nicely written), but I didn’t identify with the subject matter very much. Maggie and her husband/ex-husband were both having their own version of a mid-life identity crisis, which I haven’t dealt with. I tried listening to the audio book first, and found that I didn’t care for the narrator – she read the story in a defensive, slightly snarky tone that I found at odds with Maggie’s uncertainty and sadness (it felt like the narrator was indignant on Maggie’s behalf). But I thought the story was pretty good, so I read the Kindle version instead.
I would recommend this one if you identify with the subject matter.
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