I haven’t read The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist yet, but this synopsis got me very interested in making time for it.
Who is dispensable?” That’s the chilling 1984-esque question that Holmqvist poses in her near-future novel. Childless women aged 50 (and men aged 60) must leave their homes and enter “the unit,” where they will live out their days participating in government experiments and donating their organs to younger, more “productive” members of society. When Dorrit arrives at the unit, she is ready to accept her fate, but when she unexpectedly finds companionship in another “dispensable,” she discovers a reason to live. Indie bookstore Orinda Books says, “A taut, creepy, yet thought-provoking page-turner, The Unit is a meditation on the consequences of complacency, the value of human life, and what we’re prepared to give up for security and comfort.
Source of the text: Literature at every latitude
A friend of mine sent me the link to this interview with the incredibly beautiful and talented actress Dana Delany. You can read more about her life and her work here, but the reason why I was sent this link is because Isabel knew I’d be happy to know about one more childless woman who seems to be having a great life!
Dana is 60 years old (can you believe it? I am still in shock) and said her secret for looking young is, and I quote: ‘I’ve never been married, I don’t have kids, I do yoga everyday and I drink a lot of wine’. I am sure there is much more to it than she reveals, but, hey, why don’t we try it ourselves?
There is a yoga course waiting for me starting next week, and a half-full bottle of wine in my fridge. Off I go, ladies. Wish me luck and please let me know if this works for you too, hu? The comments section is open!