It's been 22 years since Candace Bushnell first published Sex and the City, the book upon which the ground-breaking television series was loosely based.
As 30-something women, a generation of us spent too much time wondering whether we were Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte, or indeed what mix of the four.
While our lives, well my life at least, was never so glamorous, we lived alongside them, dealing with our own issues concerning friendship, relationships, sex and careers.
Now, in 2019, we'd all be pushing 50ish, and I wonder how the girls would be dealing with a whole different set of problems.
So imagine my delight when I discovered that Bushnell is about to publish Is There Still Sex in the City? And there's a television series in the works too.
While the girls themselves will not return, Bushnell will examine what sex, dating, and friendship looks like after 50 with a whole new girl squad. It delves into marriage, divorce, children, bereavement, and the pressures on women to remain youthful and still have it all.
"It didn't used to be this way. At one time, 50-something meant the beginning of retirement - working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle," Bushnell told Deadline.
"In short, retirement age folks weren't meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren't expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today, and I'm thrilled to be reflecting the rich complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen."
I like reading (and watching) stories about middle-aged women, women with lives I can relate to. It was fun reading chick-lit as a young chick, stories of women searching for love, starting off in their careers but now, I want books that reflect my life situation. (But will avoid the genre definitions of hen lit, or lord help us, matron lit.)
Here's a few I'll be adding to my bookshelf.
Mrs Everything, by Jennifer Weiner. (Hachette, 2019, $32.99.) This new release is exciting as Weiner was a go-to author during those chick-lit days. This one tracks the lives of two sisters, from the 1950s to present day in an ever-changing America. Neither is where she thought she would be, or was expected to be, it asks the question how should a woman be in the world?
Driven: A white-knuckled ride to heartbreak and back, by Melissa Stephenson. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019, $29.99.) A memoir of grief and love, she traces her journey via the cars she's driven through the stages of life, from the Honda that carried her to Texas as her new marriage disintegrated, to the '70s Ford she drove away from her brother's house after he took his life, to the VW van she now uses to take her kids camping, she knows these cars better than she knows some of the people closest to her.
I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan. (Broadway Books, 2017, $29.99.) The author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, follows a 50-something divorced heroine as she tries to reconnect with each of her past loves after hearing her first love has died. Who hasn't thought about doing that.
The Good Mother, by Sue Miller. (HarperCollins, 2002, $29.99.) Recently divorced, Anna Dunlap has two passionate attachments: her daughter, four-year-old Molly, and her lover, Leo, the man who makes her feel beautiful - and sexual - for the first time. Swept away by happiness and passion, Anna feels she has everything she ever wanted. Of course something is going to go wrong.
Would Everybody Please Stop? by Jenny Allen. (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018, $30) A collection of first-person essays and humour pieces that cover the potholes midway through life's journey. One moment Allen is flirting shamelessly - and unsuccessfully - with a younger man at a wedding; the next she's stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter's computer. She ponders the connection between her ex-husband's questions about the location of their silverware, and the divorce that came a year later.
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler. (Vintage, 1992, $20.) The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist makes us look at life from a different perspective with every book. In this one she looks at a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing 50, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day.