“We are all so curious. Hungry for the truth. If only we could ask the questions we really want to ask of each other and get the real answers. Like how many times a month do you have sex? What prescription drugs are you on? Are you happy? Really happy? Happy enough?”
For anybody who has ever wondered privately Is this all there is, Melanie Gideon’s poignant, hilarious, exuberant meditation, The Slippery Year, chronicles a year in which she confronts both the fantasies of her receding youth and the realities of midlife with a husband, a child, and a dog (one of whom runs away). She reflects on the exigencies of domesticity—the need for a household catastrophe plan, the fainting spell occasioned by the departure of her nine-year-old son for camp, the mattress wars, and the carpool line. With tenderness, unsparing honesty, and uproarious wit, Gideon brings us back again and again to the sweetness of ordinary pleasures and to life’s most enduring satisfactions. She captures perfectly that moment right before everything changes and the things we have loved forever begin to fall away for the first time.
The Slippery Year is the story of a woman’s quest to reignite passion, beauty, and mystery and discover if “happily ever after” is a possibility after all.
From the Hardcover edition.
Told in a series of loosely-linked but irresistible vignettes, Melanie Gideon's THE SLIPPERY YEAR chronicles the pathos of the year where she slipped out of youth and into the sudden shocking domesticity of middle-age. Neither sentimental nor expected, Gideon's account is wry, wise, and full of surprises. This is not a book with bite-size platitudes, rather it searches deeply into the age-old question of "is this all there is?" and finds answers that are at turns horrifying and hilarious.
- Psychology, Self Improvement, Health + Wellness, Family + Relationships, Biography + Autobiography
- Depression, General, Men's Health, Personal Memoirs, Parenting / Motherhood, Women, Women's Health
- August 10, 2010
- August 10, 2010
- Melanie Gideon