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am 21. September 1999
A Year By the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson (Doubleday) A 50ish woman separates from her husband -- kids are grown, marriage is stale, he takes a job in another city, and she felt that accompanying him was pointless. She installed herself in their cottage in Cape Cod to reflect and figure out what to do -- supporting herself by working in a fish market -- and it drags on for a year - it's a true story and she just happens to be a writer. I found it in the Women's Studies subsection of the Sociology Section at Borders -- I had read an excerpt in a magazine and it left me hungry for more. It was from the 3rd chapter where she spends the day swimming with the dolphins. -- Anderson's style is best described as profound, yet easy prose. It reads like a bag of Lays Potato Chips (the original, full fat content, not those anemic baked fat-free cardboard wafers)-- once you open it up and dig in, you just can't stop. As I read her take on society's perception of women's' roles -- and what it does to our spirit and creativity, I find myself sitting up in bed, nodding my head, saying "uh, huh" and "amen" out loud! (this could be because I was raised in a Pentecostal Holiness Church, and our childhood behavior patterns are long with us!) Anyway, I read some sentences over and over again -- trying to commit her succinct, bullseye phrasing to memory, so that I could repeat it to myself and others at just the right time --