From Publishers Weekly
Ganahl, a 49-year-old San Francisco Chronicle
columnist, had almost everything a woman could want: financial stability, a flourishing career, an adoring daughter and the kind of sparkling social life even Dorothy Parker would envy. What she didn't have, though, was a boyfriend—and as she looked down the barrel of middle age, when every man she knew was either married, interested only in (much) younger women or otherwise unacceptable, this one-time male-magnet wondered if anyone would ever look at her lustfully again. Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified. Readers, meanwhile, will enjoy Ganahl's romantic portrayal of her beloved San Francisco—a character as alive and fully developed as any in the book. (Feb.)
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Jane Ganahl captures what it's all about to be middle-aged and single with all its ecstatic highs and self-esteem lows. She shows us that life can be rich when you hit 50-with or without a man! -- Candace Bushnell, author of Lipstick Jungle and Sex and the City
Jane Ganahl is a smart and snazzy and sophisticated writer with a great deal of emotional and social insight. Not to mention a contagious sense of humor! -- Terry McMillan, author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Jane Ganahl makes turning 50 worthy of a stand-up routine. Funny, poignant and universal, Jane's story is a reminder that getting older doesn't mean you have to stop rocking. Or sleeping around. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to-other than Botox! -- Chelsea Handler, author of My Horizontal Life and host of "The Chelsea Handler Show" on E!
What a page turner. Life, luck and lust but above all Love (in the Greek sense of the word) impregnates each page. Jane is a talented writer. -- Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat
Who tells the honest-to-God truth anymore? Jane Ganahl, thankfully. And you don't have to be single, divorced, holed up with cats, or own a pair of patent leather pumps to appreciate the acerbic hilarity in these pages. But there's more than humor here, because Ganahl is as smart as she is funny and honest. The result is a poignancy about the flaws and foibles of the human heart that took me by surprise. -- Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately