"Daring and delicious, but also emotionally profound."—ELLE
Jane Ganahl is one of millions of single people out there looking for love at midlife, and she's (more or less) happy (damn it!).
Jane Ganahl is forty-nine, single, and loving it—mostly. In Naked on the Page, Ganahl chronicles the highs, lows, and in-betweens of dating at midlife, along with the professional and personal changes that come fast and furious as she heads toward her fiftieth birthday. Writer of the popular Single Minded column for the San Francisco Chronicle, Ganahl employs keen insight and lively wit as she recounts the events of one tumultuous year in her life.
Smart, funny, and always honest, Naked on the Page proves that there's still plenty of life—and love—after youth is gone.
"Jane Ganahl captures what it's all about to be middle-aged and single—with all its ecstatic highs and self-esteem lows. She shows us that life can be rich when you hit 50-with or without a man!"—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Lipstick Jungle and Sex and the City
Ganahl, a 49-year-old San Francisco Chronicle columnist, had almost everything a woman could want: financial stability, a flourishing career, an adoring daughter and the kind of sparkling social life even Dorothy Parker would envy. What she didn't have, though, was a boyfriend and as she looked down the barrel of middle age, when every man she knew was either married, interested only in (much) younger women or otherwise unacceptable, this one-time male-magnet wondered if anyone would ever look at her lustfully again. Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified. Readers, meanwhile, will enjoy Ganahl's romantic portrayal of her beloved San Francisco a character as alive and fully developed as any in the book.