Thursday, March 29, 2012

An Available Man, by Hilma Worlitzer

Romance in middle age is not presented in a particularly appealing way.  The single women are largely desperate, and the married ones generally intrusive.  The single men are rudderless, but much nicer than the women.  A year after he is widowed, Edward's step-daughter and step-daughter-in-law take out a personal ad for him in the New York Review, setting him on a path of five dates with age-appropriate women -- including the one who left him at the alter 30+ years before.  No danger of getting a ticket absorbed in this one.

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