Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagán

Introduction: After a long hiatus and living life - motherhood most of all - I am back. The reason I picked this book off the shelf, with no shame I admit, is because of the title. I guess I am in that point of life where I forgot to live my life and put everything on hold after marriage and kids. Maybe I relate to the title, seeing how time fled hurriedly from me, and thirties is passing me by like it cannot wait to get away. Oh well, I hope this book will bring some positive vibes as I try to continue where I left off. :)

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?

My Opinion: The book is relatable, with all its account of how they built a family and how it came to an end. I just feel that there could be more to the characters to explain their behaviors.
At some point, I feel like the story just lost me. It was descriptive in building up the scene, but less on the emotions. Often times, I love to read how the characters felt, and not so much on what they see. Overall, I love how this story is honest. I believe every woman who has gone through marriage and kids can find a piece of themselves with Maggie. Its also a reminder to us to never lose who we are along the way. And if we did find our self in that moment where we feel alone, to just remember that like Maggie, its okay to cry and feel scared and try to win back the only love we knew all our lives. But also trust that pain doesn't last forever - all we need to do is find our self again and love her for all she's worth.

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