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Suddenly Single After 50
 is an engaging, funny, and honest tale of two women's sudden entrée into single life, one after divorce and the other after widowhood. Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane offer plenty of practical advice along with their stories. The authors have tons of insight and a lot of heart. (Bella DePaulo, PhD, author of How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century and Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After)

Losing a spouse through death or divorce is one of the most devastating events women face in their 50s, 60s, and beyond. Suddenly Single After 50 provides savvy, brutally honest, and good humored advice to women who have reluctantly joined the sorority of singlehood. With lively writing and practical tips on everything from on-line dating to hiring a good tax accountant, Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane provide a roadmap for starting over and discovering unexpected joys after long-term marriages end. (Deborah Carr, professor of Sociology, Rutgers University; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (2015-18))

Suddenly Single After 50 is a must read for anyone who has lost a long time spouse. Neither Barbara nor Margaret ever thought they’d be single at this time in their life. Their stories of surviving loss and grief, figuring out how old friends still fit into their lives, trying to find love again, dealing with aging parents, will make you laugh and cry. This book is like having a girlfriend right there with you who has felt your pain and gives you hope that one day all will be different but ok again. (Lisa Copeland, Dating Coach for Women over 50 at

"Oh no, no," I screamed as I heard the horrific and shocking news of my husband's untimely death. At age 46, in less than a minute, I became a widow. Suddenly Single After 50 answers your most important question, "What am I going to do now?" Written with wit and honesty, this book guides you through the trials and tribulations of being single after 50. You will acquire knowledge on how to embrace your personal situation and become the heroine of your new life story. Trust me, I know, darlings! (Susan (Honey) Good, founder of; weekly contributor to the Huffington Post and the Sun Times Network)