Join us when editors Nan Bauer-Maglin and Daniel E. Hood and Asheville contributors Jan Jacobson and Stacey Millett present Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60.
UPDATE: Due to illness, we will not gather in the store for this event. The event will proceed virtually.
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Gray Love narrates stories about the most common themes – searching for and (perhaps) finding love. Forty-five men and women between ages 60 and 94 from diverse backgrounds talk about dating, starting or ending a relationship, embracing life alone or enjoying a partnered one. The longing for connection as old age encroaches is palpable here, with more and more senior singles searching online. Those who find new partners explore issues that most relationships encounter at any age, as well as some that are unique to elder relationships. These include having had previous partners and a complicated and deep personal history; family and friends’ reactions to an older person’s dating; alternative models to marriage (such as sharing space or living apart); having more than one partner at the same time; one’s aging body, appearance, and sexuality; and the pressure of time and the specter of illness and death.
Nan Bauer-Maglin is Professor Emerita at the City University of New York. She has published eight collections (six with coeditors) on topics such as step-families, retirement, feminism, death, dying and choice, and older parenting. Her latest book is Widows’ Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, The First Year, The Long Haul, and Everything In Between.
Daniel E. Hood is a retired professor of sociology. He taught at several New York Metro area schools for four decades. His latest book is Redemption and Recovery: Parallels of Religion and Science in Addiction Treatment. His memoir essay, “Better Late Than Never,” was recently published in Tick Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40.
Jan Jacobson, Ph.D. is a writer and psychologist living in Asheville, North Carolina. In college she rode a boxcar for several days in the heart of winter from California to Missouri, and her adventurous spirit thrives to this day.
Stacey Parkins Millett retired from a full-time career in philanthropy, health equity, and community development. Now she writes creative fiction and non-fiction in multiple genres. She and her husband spend time living between New York City and Western North Carolina. Millett is an accomplished runner who has completed 60 marathons.