When your 67-year-old mom places a personal ad asking for action
Sad news. Jane Juska has died at the age of 84. She is famous for placing the following personal ad in The New York Review of Books:
Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.
Jane’s adventures in her search for sex in her sixties became a memoir and a play. The 2003 memoir is called A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance. Round-heeled is a old fashioned term for a promiscuous woman.
The divorcée, an English teacher with one son, simply decided she’d been celibate long enough. The book details Juska’s numerous dates, which tended to quickly gravitate towards the bedroom. She did check with her son before placing the ad but he welcomed the idea with the words “Go get ’em, Mom. It’s your turn.”
The ad generated 63 replies from men across a variety of ages. After a year of dating, Juska put pen to paper and initially wrote fiction before one of her dates persuaded her to switch to memoir. A Round-Heeled Woman was adapted into a stage show starring Sharon Gless of Cagney and Lacey fame.
Juska also wrote a follow-up called Unaccompanied Women, which concerns loneliness.