When Nina Collins entered her forties, she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality and sense of humor- perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?, which has grown exponentially into a place where women most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations. Mid-life is a time when women often think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom. Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other; defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.
“What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a treat for any of us who were stunned to find out that being forty-five is different than being twenty-five. Nina Lorez Collins is a warm, funny tour guide on this long strange trip we call aging.”—Julie Klam
Nina Lorez Collins was born in New York City in 1969 and attended Barnard College. She had a long career in book publishing, first as a scout and then as an agent. She completed a Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and become a certified Life Coach with IPEC. She has four children and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a trustee of The Brooklyn Public Library.
Laurie Abraham is the executive features editor at New York magazine, before that was features director at ELLE. She’s the author of two books, Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America and The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group, and many magazine articles. She’s the mother of two girls and lives in Brooklyn.
Lucinda Rosenfeld is the author of five novels; most recently CLASS, a satire about parenting, public school, and the liberal bubble, which was named a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of 2017. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Bliss Broyard is the author of the bestselling story collection, My Father, Dancing, which was a New York Times Notable book, and the award-winning memoir, One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life-A Story of Race and Family Secrets, which was named a best book of the year by the Chicago Tribune. Her stories and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Art of the Essay, among others, and she has written for many publications including The New York Times, NewYorker.com, and Elle Magazine.