Those middle years can be tough on anyone. Am I happy? Did I make the right choices? What else is there? And where the heck did this body come from? Aubrie Elliot ponders everyday life as a “halfway there” woman in ten fictional short stories that echo her reality in “Halfway There: My Lesbian Life at Middle Age.”
Elliot lives with her partner of 22 years, two dogs and The Cat. She has learned it is important “to not take yourself too seriously.” Her stories balance humor with a bit of melodrama in chapters such as “At the Bar on a Friday Night,” “It’s Just a Job” or “Getting Older in a New Body.” She’s horrified by gray hairs that are not on her head and wonders “how much getting pregnant is going to cost us.” Since Aubrie Elliot is from St. Louis, readers will find references to the city peppered throughout, and there’s the requisite chapter on “Where’d You Go to High School.”
"Halfway There" is a wry, light-hearted and bluntly honest look at the changes of midlife that many women of a certain age, not just lesbians, probably relate to. Elliot celebrates reaching that certain age, like it or not. The short e-book is available from Amazon, Google Play, Kobobooks and Smashwords. Walrus Publishing will donate 10% of the e-book sales through its website to Sage Metro St. Louis, which advocates for and provides services for LGBT older adults.