|The Dangerous Age
Annette Williams Jaffee
The author of two exuberantly praised novels, Annette Williams Jaffee returns with a wise and sensual tale about persuing the one great passion of our lives, not in our youth, but at that last dangerous moment when everything we own and everyone we love is at risk. The Millers are the envy of all who know them, a 'successful' couple on the verge of the best years of their lives. Suzanne's first book is enjoying national attention while Barry can write his own ticket to teach at any law school in the country. But a spate of recent deaths and the absence of her children, away at college, force Suzanne to confront the fact that her marriage is cold and empty.
When Suzanne meets Robert Parrish, a silver-haired
banker from East Texas with a talent for real friendship with a woman and an appetite for
sensual pleasuresuppressed for years in his own straight-laced marriageshe
must decide between the secure life she chose after the shameful ending of her first,
youthful love affair or the disdain of her children, the loss of friends and the financial
uncertainty awaiting a woman who uproots her life in pursuit of the true intimacy she has
long denied herself. With rare insight, keen social satire and some of the most touchingly
rendered erotic scenes in recent memory, The Dangerous Age is above all a story
about seizing ecstasy in our lives
regardless of age, in spite of the consequences.
"The pages turn themselves."
"How glorious to give oneself up to a great late-in-life
"Do you want to know what it's like, life in its glory, the
one last affair? Forget the best-seller list. Read this."
"Carnal love lights up this delicious novel as brilliantly
as a halogen lamp. Jaffee entraps the reader in exquisitely detailed sexual and gustatory
pleasures; at the same time she explores, and explodes, the notion of civilized mid-life
Annette Williams Jaffee is the author of Adult Education (Ontario Review) and Recent History (Putnam). She lives on the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.