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Solitaire : The Intimate Lives Of Single Women

Fraser, Marian Botsford

ISBN 10: 1551990644 / ISBN 13: 9781551990644
Published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2001
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Solitaire : The Intimate Lives Of Single ...

Publisher: Macfarlane Walter & Ross

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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"I know there’s one person that I’m spending the rest of my life with, and that would be me."

For single women, that understanding may be a hard truth or a liberating revelation; for every woman you will meet in this book, it is the beginning of a story.

Forget Bridget Jones and Sex and the City – the lives of real single women are far more complex, more risky, more astonishing, and potentially more fulfilling than any fictional fantasy. Marian Botsford Fraser invited single women to reveal their experiences, their obsessions, and their secrets. The result is a work that blends memoir with cultural history and chronicles a social revolution in an intimate voice.

There are more than 4 million single women in Canada, and most Canadian women will be single for most of their lives. Botsford Fraser interviewed scores of women in every state of singlehood, from all parts of the country and every social stratum. She uncovered wildly divergent paths but also deep connections. The pitied figure of the spinster in Western culture, Canada’s particular brand of maternal feminism, six decades of ideal womanhood as dictated by Chatelaine all have conspired to isolate the unattached woman and all are being swept away. Herself single after a 20-year marriage, Botsford Fraser found answers to familiar dilemmas about sex and celibacy, money and financial insecurity, illness and old age, and the quest for a meaningful life of one’s own.

She discovered validation, inspiration, and transformation in the true stories of women who are redefining the meaning of family, community, and the new "single woman."

About the Author:

Marian Botsford Fraser is a Toronto-based freelance writer, broadcaster, and critic whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and Elm Street. She is a long-time contributor to CBC Radio’s Ideas program and has served as guest host for various CBC Radio programs. Her previous book, Walking the Line: Travels Along the Canadian/American Border (1989), was described by one reviewer as “stunning ... a work of wonder, warmth, and wisdom.” She lives in Toronto.

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