The New Old Maid: How Happily Unmarried Women are Defying Spinster Stereotypes will be published in the fall of 2017 by Chatterhouse Press.
The New Old Maid sheds light on what it’s like to be a single woman in a society that relentlessly promotes marriage as the normal and desirable way for adults to live. It reveals a little known truth: that many unmarried women enjoy being single and revel in the freedom and autonomy that go hand-in-hand with not going hand-in-hand with a spouse.
There are some drawbacks to being unmarried, of course, and the women who are featured in the book hold nothing back as they discuss careers, sex, freedom, ambition, relationship disappointments, romance, loneliness, accomplishments, children, concerns about aging, financial security, friendships and more. Ranging in age from 42 to 70, they include a corporate VP, ski instructor, fashion designer, high school principal, non-profit manager, stockbroker, psychic medium, public relations professional, entrepreneur, beauty pageant winner, nurse, and retired firefighter. Despite their differences, these women all have two things in common: they prefer being single over “settling” for a marriage that would be unsatisfying to them, and they’re tired of being treated like an oddity.
Single, divorced, widowed and even married women who’d like to recalibrate their relationships can learn lessons about how to navigate challenges and live life to the fullest from these “new old maids,” who share unforgettable and extraordinary personal stories as well as refreshing insights.
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