A New York Times Notable Book: One woman’s search for the value of a long life
With the advent of her seventieth birthday, many changes have beset Doris Grumbach: the rapidly accelerating speed of the world around her, the premature deaths of her younger friends, her own increasing infirmities, and her move from cosmopolitan Washington, DC, to the calm of the Maine coast. Coming into the End Zone is an account of everything Grumbach observes over the course of a year. Astute observations and vivid memories of quotidian events pepper her story, which surprises even her with its fullness and vigor.
Coming into the End Zone captures the days of a woman entering a new stage of life with humanity and abiding hope.
“The immortal and immune part of [Doris Grumbach] has triumphed, and the result is a deeply satisfying book.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[An] elegant and thoughtful memoir.” —Library Journal
Doris Grumbach, author of many novels and memoirs including Fifty Days of Solitude, Life in a Day, The Ladies, and Chamber Music, has been literary editor of the New Republic, a nonfiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, a book reviewer for National Public Radio, and a bookseller in Washington, DC, and Maine. She lives in Philadelphia.