Posted on July 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
We’ve all encountered our fair share of book passages that linger in our minds for years — decades — after we first encounter them.
One of those, for books reporter Alison Flood, is a scene in a woman over forty is rubbing moisturizer into her face and neck, worrying about her technique in doing so, and wondering whether a more diligent regime would’ve warded off her husband’s infidelity.
It’s a tired image repeated across literature, or so the majority of female readers over forty believe, according to a survey from Gransnet and HarperCollins — that of a somewhat pitiful, desperate, or confused middle-age woman.
The publishers revealed the results of that survey at The Bookseller Marketing and Publicity conference, along with an initiative to encourage writers to counter that cliché.
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