May 22, 2014
The panic set in when Annabelle turned 49. The solicitations from the AARP began flooding her mailbox as she weighed the options of going back to school, getting divorced and raising llamas. She couldn’t afford a vacation, so she was taking a lot of naps. A visit to her gynecologist ended not with one of his usual benign send-off, “stay healthy, stay happy, stay hydrated” but instead with the slightly ominous: “Stay funny.” Gurwitch has taken that advice to heart. Whether she’s planning her future retirement in an elder hostel in Costa Rica, navigating the extensive anti-aging offerings in the department store beauty counter, negotiating for her son’s Bar Mitzvah by a prison Rabbi in an Episcopal Church, aiding in the assisted suicide of her best friend, Gurwitch bravely turns an unflinching eye towards the myriad issues people can look forward to in their middle years.