The Upper End Of In Between, my first novel, was published in January, 2016.  Click here to purchase.

A few reviews:

As soon as I opened the book and started reading, I could not put it down. Diann Shope has written a love story to Seattle and of finding love in the autumn of life. This would be such a great book club read because there are so many topics for discussion throughout. I love how the author was able to weave these topics into stories that developed personal relationship. There is a lot of wisdom in this book and if you buy it, buy two so you can read it with a spouse or friend and enjoy many fruitful discussions that this gem of a book will inspire! CM

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Being of the same age as Susannah, give or take a few years, as well as her status of being in the “upper end of middle age” and single, I felt very connected to her. I found her willingness to not avoid initiating relationships at this point in her life to be quite gutsy, sometimes paying off, sometimes not, and I feel inspired by this fictional character who turns out to be very believable. The book was filled with little pearls of wisdom, one of my favorites being, “If you’re aware of what’s going on, you can see where you’re limiting yourself, or giving yourself grief”, i.e., preconceived ideas about any aspect of ourselves including appearance, intellect, personality, etc., could become a self-fulfilling prophecy – isn’t that the truth?! This was a good read and I highly recommend it.  MR

I had so much fun reading this book.  It’s remarkable how a series of episodes from the life and times of a contemporary white Seattle grandmother can be so amusing, steamy, thought-provoking, and poignant. Diann Shope and her lead character, Susannah Emory, are very interesting people — willing to tackle some surprising topics. MM

The writing was wonderful and very descriptive. I found while reading that I had smiles and at times tears. Well written and a good story line. I often wondered how much of the author's own life experiences where involved. Looking forward to her next book. DH

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Key Words:  1. Fiction–Older People.  2. Fiction–Retired women.  3. Fiction–Widows.  4. Fiction–Seattle.  5. Fiction–Love and Aging. 


 More information about the book:

Susannah Emory’s problem is that she can’t be content with an easy life.  Single (widowed after a 30-year marriage that left much to be desired), witty, opinionated, attractive, she does what she wants and has lots of friends.  But it’s not enough.  Of a generation that can have another healthy, productive 20 years beyond what’s been normal in the past, she wants to shed the self-imposed inhibitions (like discomfort with contemporary sexual mores) and cultural limitations (the emphasis on youth and beauty) that hold her back.  With or without a partner, Susannah wants to live life more fully.   

The novel takes Susannah from her first post-marriage relationship with a jack-of-all-trades who lives on a sailboat, through her friendship with a shy and cultured cardiologist who proposes, to a popular professor and former priest who’s unaware of how guilt is influencing his life. In different ways, each of these men challenges her to personal growth. 

Unexpectedly asked her philosophy of life in a tavern with some of the professor’s students, Susannah answers, “Well, I guess I’m with Socrates and Jesus:  ‘The unexamined life is not worth living,’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  I think this novel will appeal to older readers who enjoy books with intellectual and spiritual themes, such as The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Eat, Pray, Love, and Breakfast with Buddha, and who don’t want to be written off as too old for new relationships and personal growth.

Click here for a selection from The Upper End of In Between, a work of literary fiction in the form of linked short stories (a la Olive Kitteridge).

And when you've read that, you might enjoy this little coda.

Click here for the Do What Matters page

Click here for the Living Arrangements page