People over 50 puzzle out their future in tales of men and women (and a robot), who are poised on the brink of a precipitous challenge. There are a wide variety of personalities and situations they have gotten into, but they all find a way forward. A comedian wants to be taken seriously in his old age, a 60-year-old robot has high aspirations when it is upgraded, the proprietress of a Dodge City saloon tries to write a memoir, and a food critic learns to enjoy food again. The characters in these stories have arrived at life-changing crossroads, giving readers a chance to wonder about which path they will choose. It doesn't help that they have entered into a new territory of life, where it seems as though somebody has changed the signposts, the landscape looks different, and the choices aren't always clear.
Carolyn Gaye knows what it's like to be getting along in years. She is so old she literally belongs in a museum; she has a master's degree in museum studies, and also in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University. She attended University of California, Berkeley, before getting married and raising two daughters. She is a grandmother of five, and currently lives in Walnut Creek, California.