The Mid-life Madness: Stories for People of a Certain Age

Have you experienced grown children leaving home—or returning home—or not leaving home in the first place? How about dealing with the indignities and frailties of aging parents, and facing one’s own mortality as well? And is it too late—or are you too tired—for love? These fiction titles look at many aspects of middle age.

Mad Dash

By Patricia Gaffney

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About two people who have never been able to live without each other--and are suddenly forced to try...Examines that one moment--so common in long-term relationships--when one partner just has to get out, and the changes and growth that follow.

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Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter

By Alice Kuipers

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Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know it. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined.
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Dance with Me

By Luanne Rice

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"Jane Porter left the apple orchards of rural Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, years ago, fleeing memories that could tear two families apart. Now she has been unexpectedly drawn home to her mother and only sister. Dylan Chadwick has come back, too, shedding the steely exterior he wore as a federal agent in order to follow in the footsteps of his apple-farming father and forget the life he once lived. Amid this landscape of loss and renewal, a haunting story of converging lives, small-town secrets—-and the magical sway of unexpected miracles—-unfolds."
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Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

By Kris Radish

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For Katherine Givens and the four women about to become her best friends, the adventure begins with a UPS package. Inside is a pair of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note that will forever change their lives. Katherine's oldest and dearest friend, the irrepressible Annie Freeman, left one final request - a traveling funeral - and she wants the most important women in her life as "pallbearers."
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A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon

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"At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind. As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely."
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The Worst Day of My Life, So Far

By M. A. Harper

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A middle-aged woman is forced to return to a home state she'd rather forget…and come to terms with a past filled with the shadows of her mother--a once vibrant femme fatale now suffering from Alzheimer's.

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