Older people are so interesting. By older, I mean fifty and up. They have tons of challenges, and often come up with creative ways of resolving those challenges. They’re more in touch with mortality and less tolerant of drama. After all we’ve been through, drama gets tiring after a while. Unless it’s bigger than drama. Earth-shattering. Existential. Beyond belief.
If that happens, we begin to live differently. We shrug our shoulders at convention and define a new path for ourselves.
When I see older people break free of constraints that have held them all their lives, or on the other hand, finally understand those constraints yet choose to accept them, I grab a pen. I have to write about it.
Like a teacher who, having been brutalized by a student, gives up her teaching credential and becomes a long-haul trucker. Or a woman who, realizing her man is preparing for the apocalypse, leaves him and then – well, I can’t spoil it for you.
In this collection of twelve stories (and six essays), I explore what it means and what it feels like to understand who you are after fifty. I hope to illuminate the experience of older age with my writing, and to throw a positive spin on the second half of life.
Or if not positive, at least interesting.
I hope you enjoy reading MAC. If so, please stop by Amazon.com and leave a review. It’s early days, so I don’t have many, but here are two that capture the general reaction to this, my second book:
Jan Moorehouse says:
Lynne M. Spreen writes my kind of book. Her characters are familiar to me from my middle-aged view of the world. The situations her characters encounter are believable, engaging, often complex, pivotal, and telling. They are above all entertaining! I slip without a single jolt or sense of friction into the universe Spreen creates, into the minds and experiences of her characters. They are that real to me. I had a writing instructor once long years ago who said that the fiction author’s goal is to create “a vivid and continuous dream.” Spreen succeeds in that. I want the stories to go on and on. I feel this way, too, about Ann Patchett’s and Anna Quindlen’s writing. YES: That’s how good I think Spreen’s writing is. I loved the essays she included in this volume as well. They sound like some of her “Any Shiny Thing” blog posts. I do love reading “Any Shiny Thing” and wish those posts could have a second life in book form. Let’s have more from Spreen, say I!
Martin Rice says:
I think that any adult reader will get a great deal of pleasure from this short read. But it will most likely be especially appealing to those 50 and above, that is, those of us who are in the process of or who have already begun what Spreen refers to as “second adulthood” or, as she calls the genre she’s writing in, “midlife coming-of-age.”
Spreen is a very good writer, as anyone who has read her novel, “Dakota Blues” will attest.
In this group of very short stories, the author’s strong intellect, her closeness and insight into her subject matter, and her compassion and understanding for this major life change and the way it affects all of us, regardless of our financial and familial circumstances, are vividly and effectively presented.
Some of the stories are sad, some are funny, and some quite evocative of the frustrations that this period of life often entails. There’s really something here for all of us. I recommend the book unequivocally.