Sylvia’s Second Act

Books on Tape. Mar. 2024. 11:20 hrs. ISBN 9780593827093. $95. F
Sylvia, a 63-year-old woman living in a Boca Raton retirement community, has a cheating husband and an opinionated daughter who would rather that Sylvia continue on living her unhappy life. When she realizes that she is no longer in love with her husband of 40 years and craves a life she never had, she packs up her jewelry and minimal belongings and moves to Manhattan with her seventysomething friend Evie. Sylvia jumps back into the wedding-planning business that she left years ago and finds her way into the dating scene of Manhattan. This novel contains numerous references to Sex and the City, and Sylvia and Evie are equally obsessed with clothes, shoes, and body image. Narrator Jane Oppenheimer gives Sylvia a pleasant and confident voice, companionably guiding listeners through the wildest parts of Sylvia’s life.
VERDICT Yablon’s debut is an uplifting and fun novel, reminding listeners that life can be embraced at any age. That is, at least, as long as one has a love of great clothes (especially shoes), steadfast friends, and a little Sex and the City pizzazz.
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