THE DANGEROUS AGE
The author of two exuberantly praised novels, Annette Williams Jaffee returns with a wise and sensual tale about pursuing 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 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.
Praise for A Dangerous Age
"Set aside a block of uninterrupted
time to read Jaffee's new novel... Her writing makes the reader feel everything, with the
result being that this is a book that refuses to be put down. A touching and absorbing
story that lingers long after the final page has been read; highly recommended."
Library Journal (Starred review)
"The pages turn themselves."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"How glorious to give oneself up to a great
New York Times Book Review
"Do you want to know what it's like, life in its
glory, the one last affair? Forget the best-seller list. Read this."
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.