“Before I turn 67, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.” This inspired personal ad from Jane Juska drew tremendous response and swept the retired teacher into a whirlwind existence she barely recognized as her own. She relayed her fun and frank exploits in the bestseller A Round-Heeled Woman. Now Juska continues her astonishing story in this much anticipated new adventure.
Five years after that fateful ad, Juska has become a friend and confessor for women of all ages who confide in her their poignant, tragic, or blissful stories– unaccompanied women who are alone for now, but ever searching for intimacy. And in spite of Juska’s own success, “unaccompanied” is a description that applies to her as well. She’s still looking for a man to keep her company–not a husband, not even a partner, but simply the perfect lover, once described by Katharine Hepburn as one who “lives nearby and visits often.”
Unaccompanied Women embraces not only Juska’s continuing explorations of Eros (note to fans: her younger lover, Graham, is still on the scene) but also a blossoming literary career that catapults her from San Francisco to New York, London, and Paris. At book signings, earnest men place themselves purposely at the end of the line in order to engage her in private conversations, while women linger to confess their own erotic longings and their experiences with the good, the bad, and even the ugly. All the while, Juska is coping with the unnerving possibility of losing her home, a tiny cottage in Berkeley, California–and so her search broadens and intensifies, not just for love, friendship, and sex but also for enough money to keep a roof over her head.
Jane Juska shares all this richness of living in a poignant and humorous exploration of emotional terrain rarely discussed in our society. This wise and warmhearted book provides vivid evidence that the pursuit of pleasure and lasting relationships is not just for the young, but also for the young at heart.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Jane Juska
Jane Juska was born in 1933 and educated at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley. She was a teacher of English in high school for more than thirty years, in college for five, and in prison for five. Her memoir, A Round-Heeled Woman, about her late-life adventures in love and sex, was both a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and a national sensation; it inspired a one-woman show starring Sharon Gless that was performed in the United States and London. Juska’s essays have appeared in Vogue, Self, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, the Huffington Post, and online at Byliner and Shebooks. She is also the author of a second memoir, Unaccompanied Women, and lives in Chester, California. Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say is her debut novel.