Stories about the perils and tensions of middle age
As anyone over forty can attest, the middle of life can be complex. It means assuming authority over both the younger generation and the older set: kids and aging parents. Still, midlife fiction has gotten short shrift, if it's gotten any shrift at all.
For those who like a good story but are tired of youthful fiction, 20 over 40 offers welcome relief: a short story anthology by authors over age forty about subjects that have a lot to do with that too-often-ignored time of life. Whether the plot concerns tending to children, taking care of older parents, pursuing a love affair, facing one's own age, or just nursing a midlife crisis, these stories speak to the complexities of real life. These writers are no longer novices, yet they're not jaded or cynical. They know their craft.
David Galef is a professor of English and director of the Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers' Workshop at the University of Mississippi. His previous publications include a short story collection (Laugh Track) and two novels (Flesh and Turning Japanese). Beth Weinhouse is the current editor-in-chief for Conceive magazine and has worked as a freelance writer and/or editor for Child, Remedy, Redbook, Self, and Ladies Home Journal.
SEPTEMBER, 400 pages (approx.), 6 x 8 inches, introduction