GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE: A MENOPAUSAL SUPERHERO NOVEL
BY SAMANTHA BRYANT
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: April 23, 2015
Cover Artist: Polina Sapershteyn
Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads
Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated—super-heroic changes.
Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man.
When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew—one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
About The Author:
Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, sunlight through the leaves of trees, summer rains, and children’s laughter. She has lived in many places, including rural Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, England and Spain. She is fierce at heart, though she doesn’t look it.
She’s a fan of Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Perlman, and Joss Whedon, among many others. She would like to be Amy Tan when she grows up, but so far it doesn’t look like she’ll be growing up any time soon.
Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she writes about things that scare or worry her. It’s cheaper than therapy. Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer. In the meantime, she also teaches middle school Spanish, which, admittedly, is an odd choice for money-earning, especially in North Carolina.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).
Author Samantha Bryant
(Photograph by Miryam Bryant)
First off, menopause makes me nervous. Why? Apparently, ALL women go through it eventually. It hits you between 45-55 years old and it could last at least ten years, if not longer. Seriously, that's just cruel. I'm already heading into the age that dictates I should be experiencing some of these symptoms right now. All my friends around me, have been zooming through hot flashes for years, piling on the clothes because they are freezing, then sweating, then quickly stripping off their clothes and shivering until they turn red, before starting the whole cycle all over again. I'm happy to report, I'm not going through that... YET!
Samantha Bryant did a brilliant job in Going Through The Change, of portraying four different women with lives that are completely different, BUT all experiencing the real issues and symptoms of menopause. I was shaking my head, understanding the distress of the woman, but at the same time, laughing as they embraced the change. Superpowers may have had something to do with it? Believe me, when I say, when I have to go through this change of life, I want some superpowers of my own... stopping bullets with my chest sounds good, as some may say, I'm a badass. :)
This novel was quite funny, even hilarious at times and honestly, it feels good to be able to laugh about something so serious. Laughing makes menopause ALMOST bearable.
If you are a woman and you feel like staring life in the face and laughing your ass off, you should read this book. It is a fun, light read. Very entertaining.
My Rating: 5 out 5 Stars (because I love Superheros & humour).