After reading Schwartz’ ‘Everything You Know About Love and Sex is Wrong’ I was very much intrigued by her other works. That first book was an excellent collection of advice and it provided fresh perspectives on a number of relationship issues and concerns. I was so impressed with it that I immediately requested the only book of hers that my local library had on its shelves (I had blindly purchased the former).
As pleasant and effortless a read as it was, ‘Prime’ was something altogether different: it was a memoir of the writer’s own adventures in the dating world after 23 years of marriage, and now in her fifties. Things had changed quite dramatically since she’d been single, with internet dating being a choice option for many – significantly changing the way people interact with each other.
Schwartz candidly recounts her experiences, many of which were of deep, passionate love affairs with a few frustrations along the way. Her quest for love inevitably took her on a journey of self-discovery which brought to light many questions, some of which remain unanswered by the book’s end. However, throughout she takes the time to assess her various situations and offer advice based on her experience.
‘Prime’ is a nice read, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in relationships in general. But it especially would be beneficial to women who have hit an age at which they feel that love, sensuality and/or sex are no longer possible for them. Schwartz certainly proves this to be wrong: by the book’s end she neared sixty and was more vibrant than most people half her age, learned some new things about herself, and even enjoyed deeper passion than she ever had before.