Women Re-invent Lives with Wit and Imagination in New Novel

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Lydia Scholten Ott’s "Women of a Certain Age" is written with poignancy and gentle irony, a clever, adventurous and romantic work showing life is worth living at any age.

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A ‘coming of old age’ novel, "Women of a Certain Age" has a spunky story of how retired women handle the shift into old age. Author Lydia Scholten Ott’s four characters are well-delineated in terms of strengths and talents; and the formation of their bond brings their strengths together and enlivens the narrative with an engaging reprise of youthfulness – both an ironic and poignant reminder for readers that life is worth living at any age.

Friendship becomes a family-like refuge for women who have already lived through the most interesting parts of their lives. Of diverse backgrounds and personalities, four retired women form their bond around a dinner table at the retirement community they live in. Ott’s "Women of a Certain Age" is clever, adventurous and romantic – the geriatric extension of popular women’s shows: ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ immediately come to mind – whether intentionally a creative invention of how characters in these famous shows might wind up in the near future or not, these women show they still have the vigor of adulthood and do not lack for the imagination and wit to re-invent their lives at the onset of the golden years, a way to survive with a healthy, dignified sense of what they are.

Ott’s work is of an enlightened femininity. From her characters, readers can see the many dimensions of womanhood, especially as it relates to ageing. Readers can clearly see how the author had fun in the writing of this book – for authors and readers, it is itself a bond that makes a story’s internalization all the more attractive. How Ott has achieved this literary technique makes readers pay attention to the future, about the attitude and determination needed to make life more livable and interesting in the golden years.

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About the Author
Lydia Ott was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and was raised with four siblings. She graduated from High School and an international secretarial institute emphasizing proficiency in English, French, and German languages. As a fabric coordinator for a major fiber company, she married John Ott, a civil engineer, and combined her work and travel time until her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He passed away in 1980 and she retired from the company. Three months later, she reconnected with her longtime friend Henk Wackwitz in Van Alstyne, Texas where Henk had built a home on 30 acres of land. Three months later the author moved and lived there for 22 years before Henk passed away in 2002. She relocated to Austin, Texas in 2005, where her son Michael Scholten lived. After five years, she moved to Florida where her daughter and her family resided. Together they found an ideal retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens and she still resides there to date.     

Women of a Certain Age * by Lydia Scholten Ott
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 103 pages; 978-1-4931-2496-1
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 103 pages; 978-1-4931-2497-8
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