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Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell, Grove Press, US $26.00, Pp 272, August 2019, ISBN 978-0802147264

In one sense, Is There Still Sex in the City? is the continuation of Candace Bushnell’s twenty-year-old first book, Sex and the City, that changed the pop culture and the way we looked at dating. If Sex and the City was about the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, Is There Still Sex in the City? is about the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty. Is There Still Sex in the City? is set in the Village in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and follows a group of female friends — Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candace — as they experience the modern phenomenon of midlife dating and building relationships anew. These man-eating middle-aged women practice what is known as “cubbing” or older women dating or having sex with young men in their twenties and thirties. Bushnell weaves the story around several cubbing love stories into one big story of love, marriage, children, divorce, bereavement, and everything life has to offer. But, the most important thing is how these women face the pressures to maintain their youth or at least a youthful-looking face. This pushes some of them in opting for the “Mona Lisa” treatment (a laser restorative treatment for the vagina). These women are ravaged by Middle-Aged Madness (MAM, the female version of the midlife crisis). It is a world where they want to sell these women skin cream that costs $1500. It is a world where the women become schleppers, carrying their lives around in handbags the size of burlap sacks and worn department store shopping bags. Your back and feet hurt but you just hope something magical will happen and you will stop schlepping. It is not the story of just cubs and MAMs but also of SAPs — Senior Age Players who are looking for Middle Age women. It is a circle that never ends. Is There Still Sex in the City? is funny at times but, at times, it can be very sad. It is a highly entertaining story of the life we close our eyes to. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it.

About the author

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW.



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