As mothers and daughters age, their relationships shift and change in complex and often demanding ways. In It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters women speak openly about the satisfactions and sorrows of mothering middle-aged daughters and discuss the issues that continue to surface, the ongoing effects of the past on the present, and the varied and often invisible ways they continue mothering. Mothers acknowledge an inevitable recalibrating of authority, autonomy, and independence now that they no longer are as central in the lives of their daughters as they once were.
In these pages they reveal the courage that comes with aging and their engagement in a time of reckoning: acknowledging past mistakes, forgiving themselves and their daughters, and moving toward a greater acceptance of their connection in all its human imperfection.
By Sandra Butler and Nan Fink Gefen. It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters, published by She Writes Press, is available at local book stores and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Nan Fink Gefen Ph.D. is the author of Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discover, Discovering Jewish Meditation, and Clear Lake: A Novel, winner of the IndieFab Gold Award for general fiction. After fifteen years in practice as a psychotherapist, she became the cofounding publisher in 1986 of Tikkun magazine, a journal of politics, culture and society. In 2007 she founded Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty, where she remains as publisher. Nan lives with her husband in Berkeley CA. Their blended family includes seven children and ten grandchildren.
Sandra Butler is the author of Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest. Her second book, Cancer in Two Voices, coauthored with Barbara Rosenblum, was the winner of the 1991 Lambda Literary Award. She co-produced the award-winning documentaries Cancer in Two Voices and Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House and served on the editorial board of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty. In her spare time, she is a jazz fan, eager reader, lover of cafes and long talks with friends and British mysteries.
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