By: Camille Pagan
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: 2/27/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars
From bestselling author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.
At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children.
Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.
On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance.
But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?
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“With her characteristic wit and elevated writing style, Camille Pagán gives us a candid glimpse into a tale as old as time: woman marries man; man leaves woman; woman sees her solo image in the mirror and wonders, ‘Who on earth is that?’. Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is a life-affirming story about what it takes to find yourself after decades of marriage and mothering have made you fade into the wallpaper.” —Julie Lawson Timmer, bestselling author of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
“Camille Pagán does it again! In her new novel, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, she takes readers on a journey from heartbreak to hope, all the while making us feel like we are hanging out with our best friend. I could not put this book down!” —Elizabeth LaBan, author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife and Pretty Little World
“Camille Pagán knows women, relationships, and the complexity of the push-pull involved when a love is both old and new. In Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, Pagán writes with the kind of confidence and warmth that makes you feel like you are in very good hands all the way to the final word. Do yourself a favor: take a deep breath and dive into her world. You won’t regret it.” —Ann Garvin, author of the USA Today bestselling novel I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around
“Her husband is looking for something better. But so is Maggie and she won’t stop until she finds it. Camille Pagán shines a light on the girl Maggie Halfmoon left behind and her memorable journey to move forward. Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is a page-turning and engaging tale that I read in one sitting.” —Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of Lift and Separate
“Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is a beautiful, heartrending portrayal of involuntarily exchanging a life you loved for one that feels foreign and adrift. Maggie's journey of self-discovery postdivorce is completely relatable and totally realistic—how do we find ourselves again after we’ve devoted our prime years to the care and upkeep of others? She’s equal parts vulnerable and brave; Maggie is the woman we all want to be after life kicks us in the shins. Loved every minute.” —Eliza Gordon, author of Dear Dwayne with Love
About the Author
Camille Pagán is the author of four novels: Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (coming February 2018), Forever is the Worst Long Time, The Art of Forgetting, and the #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film.
A journalist and former health editor, Pagán’s work has appeared in Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, Real Simple, Time, WebMD, and many other publications and websites. She lives with her family in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit her at www.camillepagan.com.