the book ...
"If there is one aspect of menopause that has been inadequately explored, it is the profound emotional and spiritual changes which this transition often -- not always -- works in the lives of women. This is one book which virtually ignores the physiological and medical perspectives in order to focus on changes grounded in the lived experience of real women.
McCain highlights our society's preoccupation with the images of the virgin and mother and its wilful and ignorant dismissal of the crone, the older woman no longer possessed by man, whose wisdom is devalued and discounted. According to McCain, it is in the acceptance of crone-hood that the transition of menopause finds its completion.
The accession to crone-hood is not easy: It involves surrender, surrender to the need for the solitary, the contemplative, the repose. It also comprises the lull or limbo of the "cotton-headed" thinker, the desire for sleep, the working through of the multiple strands which make up the experience of menopause -- loss of fertility, redefinition of sexuality, reawakening of spirituality -- and acceptance of the infinite variety of the experiences of women, our fellow sojourners.
This is a book which will be passed on from woman to woman because it puts into words what is only rarely or painfully articulated. It provides rich meanings for menopause for me and my contemporaries. Highly recommended. " - A Friend Indeed (Vol IX, No.7)
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