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'Round-heeled' is an old-fashioned term for a promiscuous woman of easy virtue. It's a surprising way for a respectable English teacher of a certain age, with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope, to describe herself, but then that's just the first of many surprises to be found in this poignant, funny, unique memoir. Inspired by Eric Rohmer's film Autumn Tale, Jane Juska, a smart, energetic divorc-e, decided she'd been celibate too long, and placed a personal ad in her favourite newspaper, The New York Review of Books. The response was overwhelming, and Juska took a sabbatical from teaching to meet some of the men who replied. And since her ad made it clear that she wasn't expecting just hand-holding, her dates zipped from first base to the full monty in record time. Juska is a totally engaging, perceptive writer, funny and frank about her exploits. It's high time someone revealed the fact that older single people are as eager for sex and intimacy as their younger counterparts. Jane Juska's brave, honest memoir will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure.
"Real and raunchy!" Elle "A moving meditation on the libido of the pre-baby-boomer, post-menopause generation. In case that sounds forbiddingly high-minded, rest assured that it is also raunchy" Daily Telegraph "This is a memoir that sings with passion not just of the physical kind... A seamlessly wonderful read" Independent "Juska is honest, graphic, funny and moving. What she's got to say is a challenge to our own preconceptions about elderly sex...her story is nothing short of inspirational" Daily Mirror "Well-written as well as funny and brave" Spectator
ISBN: 9780099466703 ISBN-10: 0099466708 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 1st July 2004 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1