I am delighted to share my thought about a charmingly hilarious short story, "Autumn Leaves," by Annabelle Gurwitch.
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Facing down that half-century mark, Annabelle finds herself improbably drawn to someone half her age, a man who “shares an apartment with two roommates and…is thinking of going to Norway where there might be better employment opportunities.”
Gurwitch hilariously details the problems her potential new love brings (“Is it a hot flash? Oh, God. But no, it’s something else. I have fallen in love with AuDum Genius”), from agonizing over her outfit for their second “date” (“I look like a police officer. It’s the best I can do”) to the task of picking a location for the affair she imagines having with him (“But where would we do it? At his apartment? No. There might be hairs of unknown provenance on the soap, black towels, and sheets that haven’t been changed recently”). She realizes that nothing short of “up against the wall, movie sex,” will do for this outing and Gurwitch hopes she’ll be able to “climb the tree” as it’s called in the Kama Sutra, if only she can figure how to do so without putting weight on her bad ankle.
It’s the anti-FIFTY SHADES OF GREY as if imagined by Nora Ephron or Kathy Griffin.
AUTUMN LEAVES is a riotously funny and poignant look at getting older, excerpted from a forthcoming memoir about turning 50, her fantasy is the launching point for a scorching examination of the indignities of aging, both large and small, in our youth obsessed culture, from the growing sense of invisibility, peri-menopausal brain fog, and even the notion of being “@#$%-able at fifty.”
I laughed, I think I wanted to cry, but overall - I could totally relate to Annabelle Gurwitch's realistic look at being a 50-year old woman in today's world. A time when, yes, you have to find a teenager or youngish adult to explain most things to you, or at least to find your glasses so you can figure out things yourself.
Gurwitch's cuttingly witty take on her trip to the computer store will resonate with "mature" readers - ok, you'll probably spit tea through your nose as you read this - but hey, that's the generation we are from!
I highly recommend this short story as a light piece of reading for those times when you need a little lift!
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