Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Free Fall: A Late in Life Love Affair, an erotic memoir

7/6/11 update: I'm moving this October 2010 book review to the front of the blog today because Rae Padilla Francoeur and I are speaking about ageless sexuality at two venues in New York City. I think Rae's book is brilliant, engrossing, and passionate, so I want to be sure you know about it. -- Joan

Free Fall: A Late-in-Life Love Affair"Where are the books by and for women over 50 that deal honestly with sexuality?" I've asked myself for years. Dozens of self-help books for our age group have appeared in the past four years, thank goodness, but where are the sexually honest novels and memoirs that talk about our lives, our passions, our desires, our sexuality, our inner lives? Finally -- Free Fall: A Late in Life Love Affair by Rae Padilla Francoeur arrives with honesty and sizzle.

Free Fall is an erotic memoir and much more. Rae Padilla Francoeur, age 58, begins a love affair with Jim, age 67. It's hot, very hot, explosively hot. Rae describes the passionate details -- how he touches and controls her body, how her passions smolder, build, and erupt. As graphic as her details are, I'm pleased that she uses language our generation is comfortable with -- penis, vagina --  instead of the edgier language that characterizes most contemporary erotica.

And, oh my, this book is beautifully written:

I am shameless. I will slide over every inch of him, kissing him back, wrestling in all that sweat to stay on top. I am sure I will never get enough of him. He will find this out and, being the man he is, he will revel in trying to find the outer limits of my stamina and prowess. He never will.
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I've become so still and quiet and deep in the zone where my brain is one massive sensor hooked into the places he touches and the places I touch. There is nothing else. I'm all body.
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We're kissing each other like the end of time is on the other side of the door. We kiss like this for ten or fifteen minutes until suddenly Jim stops it all. He steps back. He pulls my skirt over my hips. He takes my hand and places it on his penis.

Rae Padilla Francoeur 
The title refers to more than Rae's "free fall" into later-life passion. Like all of us, her love affair doesn't happen in a vacuum. Much of the book deals with her other "free fall" -- her relationship with Eli, her partner of many years, who is losing his battle with bipolar disorder. Rae loves him deeply, though her love is more brotherly than loverly by now, but she must choose herself over Eli if she is to survive. Eli's story grips us as much as Rae's love affair with Jim.

Free Fall: A Late in Life Love Affair is one of the best books I've read in years. I hope you'll read it for yourself, and let us know what you think.

4 comments:

  1. Joan,
    Thank you for such an exquisite and generous review.
    When Rae and I first came together I didn't know about the writer part, she was just a great playmate. Then I read her (unpublished) novels & loved the writing style.
    I've read 'Free Fall' at least four times and its a delight each time.
    I'm so glad that someone else gets it like I do.
    Jim

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  2. And thank YOU, Jim, for all that you contributed. I feel I know you well (ummm, intimately, even) after reading this book.

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  3. To Joan's readers:
    I deeply appreciate Joan's review of "Free Fall." It's beautifully done and, as Jim writes above, Joan knows why books like this matter. We should not turn our backs on what makes us happy and what brings us closer to ourselves. She's made it her life's work to remind and inform us of the great richness and quality of life available to us as we age. Thank you, Joan.
    Rae

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  4. I just found out about your blog and here I am, delighted to read this wonderful interview.
    As an author well over sixty, I write romance, romance/suspense and my latest-a paranormal love story-very personal though fictional "NOW WHAT?" all published by Vanilla Heart Publishing.
    Yes, much to everyone but we who know, sex over sixty can be better than before.
    http://authorcharmainegordon.com

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