Coming into the End Zone: A Memoir
- Aull, Felice
- Date of entry: Jan-31-1997
Doris Grumbach, novelist and critic, experienced the landmark of her seventieth birthday as a traumatic event. She resolved to keep a diary during the months surrounding this time, both to record her "despair" and to seek answers to "what has my life meant?" The result is a relentless reflection on the losses associated with growing old, and on the loss of civility associated with contemporary urban life. Yet there is the liberation which age allows, in setting priorities and discarding the trivial. Ever observant and informed, Grumbach’s commentary on the present and the past is both interesting and moving.
An important excerpt from this memoir appears in the 1995 edition of On Doctoring (eds. R. Reynolds & J. Stone, Simon & Schuster, New York).
W. W. Norton