From The Women We Become

"There's a warm breeze wafting in my bedroom window, bringing with it the smell of jasmine: a perfect beginning for this day. In the bathroom, I splash water on my face and happen to look up into the mirror. Looking back at me with an intensity that I could feel reflected in my own face is the face of an old woman."

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"To be seen as an old woman is to risk being seen as a crone or a hag, Ann Thomas claims in The Women We Become. Nowadays, these titles serve as insults, she says, contributing to the oppression and self-loathing that aging women have felt for generations. By returning to the framework of ancient folklore and mythology (when hag and crone implied status and power), Thomas helps women reexamine the contemporary aging process. Although this is a grounded discussion of growing old, the gifted storytelling and rich imagery (such as snow maidens, lichen trees, snakes, and spindles) breathe solace and inspiration into the hearts of older women."

We might not recognize ourselves in the face regarding us from the mirror of age, but Ann G. Thomas embraces it. In exchanges with the Old Woman who looks out at her from the mirror, Ann confronts the fears that tempt us to deny our aging. She reveals the strength and comfort that are ours if we will only acknowledge and accept ourselves as we are, and as we are becoming.

Thomas interweaves tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Bible with Native American lore and myths from Africa, Europe, and Asia; she embroiders them with insights from modern psychology to illuminate their meaning. The patchwork quilt that she produces will change the way you look at aging even while it warms your heart.

Floral IllustrationThe Women We Become is published by Volcano Press. To read more about The Women We Become, or to purchase a copy, please click here.