It’s com­pli­cated

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

How Hard Can It Be? Al­li­son Pear­son, €14.41 The 56-year-old au­thor Al­li­son Pear­son has pro­duced a new novel fea­tur­ing Kate Reddy, the famed pro­tag­o­nist in her in­ter­na­tional best­seller I Don’t Know How She Does It. Kate is count­ing down the days un­til she is 50 — but not in a good way, we are told. De­scribed as a comin­gof-age story for turn­ing the half-cen­tury mark, this time she’s jug­gling teenagers, age­ing par­ents and get­ting back into the work­place, so hit­ting the big Five-O in her mind, means she may be able to be­come “in­vis­i­ble”. For those of us well over 50, who don’t feel in­vis­i­ble, we may find our­selves laugh­ing at Kate’s an­tics, but also sigh­ing with re­lief that we don’t have to multi-man­age such a com­pli­cated life. Either way, it’s fic­tion but with a mes­sage that life is what you make of it.

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