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A Round-Heeled Woman- My Late Life Adventures in Sex and Romance
A Round-Heeled Woman- My Late Life Adventures in Sex and Romance Author:Jane Juska Contrary to the lurid title (a "round-heeled woman" was once slang for a prostitute), Juska is a semiretired English teacher with refined tastes: Trollope novels , opera and museums. "Before I turn 67-next March," she wrote to the personals column of the New York Review of Books, "I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like." While her a... more »dventures meeting these men frame her narrative, she's no geriatric Emmanuelle on a coast-to-coast fling, in spite of proclamations like "I adore penises." It's just that she was raised by repressed Midwesterners and had never managed-given her spiritual and physical bulk-a truly fulfilling love affair. Married to a loveless man, she then spent years in social retreat as a single mom. By the time she emerged from her chrysalis, she realized she'd never had a chance at pleasure, hence the ad and her comic adventures with the assortment of men culled from the daily mail. While it's no surprise that the best man comes last and that he's a hunk with a brilliant mind, this Harold-Maude liaison is hardly the most compelling chapter of this quirky little memoir. Surprisingly, it's Juska's accounts of visiting the Berg collection at the New York Public Library, or the stories of her writing classes at a prison, that remain in mind, long after her personals game has faded. Old women looking for sex may not seem a hot topic, but there's something universal in this woman's love affair with the written word.« less
I saw this author interviewed on TV when this book was first published. She seemed an interesting woman, very nice. She seems to have been very honest about her life and some of it wasn't all that commendable - her marriage, motherhood. Her teaching career was interesting - best chap. of the book was about teaching prisoners at San Quintin. Her approach to getting some sexual experiences seemed to me to be unrealistic, but interesting.
Unbelievable as it might seem, Jane Juska published a personal ad in the NY Times Magazine asking for a sexual partner for some romantic adventures. She got plenty of what she asked for and had a lot of good times plus a little heartache.
The amazing part of all of this is that she was a woman past her mid sixties at the time. The INCREDIBLE thing is that she wasn't murdered,raped, or even taken advantage of through all of this. Her memoir is both funny and sad in places, but always interesting. I can't say that I would ever, EVER, have the guts to do what she did, but I found myself hoping she'd have a wonderful time with all of these men, and satisfy that longing she obviously had. I think she did.