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Flash Count Diary : New Story About the Menopause - Darcey Steinke

Flash Count Diary

New Story About the Menopause

Hardcover Published: 5th August 2019
ISBN: 9781786898111
Number Of Pages: 240

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A brave, brilliant and unprecedented examination of menopause from the author of the cult classic, Suicide Blonde.

Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Some promoted hormone replacement therapy, others encouraged acceptance, but there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in an engaged way.

She felt lost until she encountered a scientific fact: the only two creatures on earth that go through menopause are human women and female killer whales. Her fascination with this fact became the starting point for Flash Count Diary, a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women.

Flash Count Diary is a deeply feminist book, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendancy, beauty and power of the post-reproductive years in women's lives.

About the Author

Darcey Steinke is the author of five novels including Sister Golden Hair, Jesus Saves, Up Through the Water, Milk and Suicide Blonde, and a memoir Easter Everywhere. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

Industry Reviews

Many days I believe menopause is the new (if long overdue) frontier for the most compelling and necessary philosophy; Darcey Steinke is already there, blazing the way. This elegant, wise, fascinating, deeply moving book is an instant classic. I'm about to buy it for everyone I know -- MAGGIE NELSON
A searingly intelligent, richly imagined, deeply moving memoir and exploration of menopause. This is not like anything I have ever seen on the subject . . . [Steinke] takes her body, our history and nature itself seriously . . . I was incredibly stirred, educated and inspired by this book . . . I love this book. I admire this book. It's fierce, and it's important -- ELIZABETH GILBERT
A fiercely intelligent trawl through menopausal waters that is not afraid to confront the intricacies of the female body and mind. There is a beautiful precision to the writing -- CATHY RENTZENBRINK * * The Times * *
[Steinke's] refreshing description of the second act is stylish. Based on interviews, it is a new take on the power of women at this stage of adulthood . . . she has a positive take on desire and sexuality, which many women will find uplifting and surprising * * Sunday Times * *
Incandescent -- OLIVIA LAING * * Guardian Book of the Week * *
Darcey Steinke opens the door on to the dark, frightening and lonely room where the Menopause has long resided and draws it into the sun, into the light. It's a book for all women (and men), written with brilliance, imagination, humanity, lucidity and love -- JULIET STEVENSON
Part memoir, part manifesto, part natural history, this book is a profound white-knuckle ride through unnamed territories -- JENNY OFFILL, author of Dept. of Speculation
Meticulously researched and passionately written, Flash Count Diary examines the shame and stigma attached to female aging so closely that their opposites are revealed. Steinke posits menopause as a channel through which new realms of possibility, depth, strength and growth can be revealed. An inspiring and visionary book -- CHRIS KRAUS, author of I Love Dick
I hope that Steinke's book, which I consumed hungrily, will encourage a wave of work by and about women undergoing what is, quite literally, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Steinke makes the case that the inexorable slide away from fertility is a rebirth of agency, and her book is the fruit of the very creativity it describes * * New Yorker * *
For what Darcey Steinke has just taught me about my own body - all of our bodies - I will love her eternally. After reading bits of Flash Count Diary aloud to my twelve-year-old, she confided in me, "I can't wait for menopause." This fearless and fiercely intelligent book needs to be read by every woman, man and child as it explores and explodes ideas about aging, desire, our wildness and our wonder -- SAMANTHA HUNT, author of The Invention of Everything Else

ISBN: 9781786898111
ISBN-10: 178689811X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th August 2019
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.38

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