(Catapult, 2017)

Read an extract published in LitHub here ‘Unlearnable Lessons on my Father’s Deathbed’

One of the book’s chapters was first published in Aeon Magazine as ‘My Daughter, Myself’

Here’s what Catapult had to say on publication day:

Time to pop a cake in the oven and break out the champagne: We’re celebrating a book birthday! We’re thrilled to kick off our 2017 publishing year with The Middlepause: On Life After Youth by Marina Benjamin, an editor at the whip-smart magazine Aeon, which is now available online and at your favorite independent bookstore.

The Middlepause is a smart, unsentimental look at middle age drawing upon literature, science, philosophy, and Marina Benjamin’s own experience as she’s thrown into menopause after an emergency hysterectomy. We’re all smitten with it here at Catapult, and we’re not alone — in their starred review, Publishers Weekly called the book “eloquent and intelligent” and “a measured and beautifully written critique of menopause and middle age that pre-, mid-, and postmenopausal women will find eminently relatable, and that those who love and care for them will likewise appreciate.” So, essentially: This is a book for everyone.

We’re immensely proud to have Marina and her book on our list, and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. You can read more about The Middlepause, download a reading group guide, and order a copy on Catapult’s website. And for another smart take on the book, check out Kate Tuttle’s wonderful review of the book from the Los Angeles Times.

‘Women do a lot of things to mark turning fifty. Go to a resort! Have a bang-up party! Far, far better: read The Middlepause.’
— Jill Lepore, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman

‘We are not supposed to beguile, we the middle-aged women. But with The Middlepause, Marina Benjamin does that: she beguiles and entrances with a lyrical, thoughtful, erudite, and always lucid exploration of the middle years of her life, and what they mean to her, and what middle-aged women mean to society.’
— Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything and The Big Necessity

‘Intimate, open-hearted, clever and kind, this book is a companion which, by naming the shadow fears, find the truer gold.’
— Jay Griffiths, author of Wild and Tristimania

‘Beautifully written and so thoughtful, The Middlepause made me think about fleeting time and what is important to me. I couldn’t put it down.’
— Amy Jenkins, author of Honeymoon and creator of This Life


15 Must Read books for March Flavorwire pick 

Kate Tuttle in The LA Times Book Review

Starred review in Publishers Weekly

Interview in Slate ‘What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Women Ageing’

Middlepause in the front line of the gender wars The Toronto Star

‘The Middlepause is literature and has sunk into my skin’ – Review in Bookworlder

Barbara Spindel in Barnes & Noble Book Review

Pick of the Week in The Sydney Morning Herald