Book review: My Hundred Lovers
BOOK: My Hundred Lovers
AUTHOR: Susan Johnson
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
IT can be confronting for women to reach their 50s. We may reflect on what might have been or question past decisions.
My Hundred Lovers is a reflection on the journey of one woman as she looks back at her life, and in the process explores mortality and the different faces of love.
From the love between a baby and a mother, the love of objects like a house, the first glimpse of a sunset and sexual love in all its forms - crushes, the love of a husband, first awakenings - Susan Johnson's writing will make other women reflect on their own lives.
It offers simple insights into life where children have moved on and perhaps husbands who were once devoted partners may now have interests of their own.
It reflects a time of change when a glance in the mirror brings not the image of the young girl but one of a stranger staring back at you, smooth skin now wearing the years of experience and joy.
My Hundred Lovers is a sensual journey and a provocative but exhilarating one.
It is a poignant descriptive work that travels across the strength of the human spirit.
I loved it. The book grabbed me from the first page and continued to entrance me as each chapter unfolded.