From the bestselling author of Between Husbands and Friends
and An Act of Love comes a wise, wonderful, and
delightfully witty "coming of age" novel about four
intrepid women who discover themselves as they were truly
meant to be: passionate, alive, and ready to face the best
years of their lives.
Meet Faye, Marilyn, Alice, and Shirley. Four women with
skills, smarts, and secrets—all feeling over the hill and
out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity,
they meet and realize they share more than raging hormones
and lost dreams. Now as the Hot Flash Club, where the
topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with
double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help each
other . . . and themselves.
Faye, the artist. A determinedly cheerful widow and
connoisseur of control-top pantyhose, she's struggling with
creative block and an empty, lonely house. Now she's got a
tricky problem to bring to the club's table: how can they
catch her perfect son-in-law cheating on her only daughter
Shirley, the healer. Though her yoga-slender body belie her
years, decades of dating losers and the strain of being
broke make her feel her age. Shirley has a secret dream: a
wellness spa that nurtures body and soul. But first she
needs to believe in herself, in her abilities, and in her
friends at the club.
Marilyn, the brain. A paleontologist who has spent so many
years looking at dried-up fossils, she's almost become one
herself. Worried that her brilliant but nerdy son is about
to marry the very wrong woman, she gets some help from the
HFC, who transform her from a caterpillar to a butterfly,
with amazing results.
Alice, the executive. Black and regal, she soared to the
top of the corporate ladder. Now her shoes are murder on
her arthritic back and the younger jackals are circling in
for the kill. But as the inspiration behind the HFC, she's
about to discover something extraordinary: contentment.
For Faye, Shirley, Marilyn, and Alice, the time has come to
use it or lose it—be it their bodies, their brains, their
spirits, and their sense of fun. Together they realize that
they can have it all, perhaps for the first time in their
lives. And though what sags may never rise again, feeling
sexy has no expiration date— and best of all, with a little
help from her friends, a woman can always start over . . .
and never, ever, give up what matters most.