1. Hot Flashes

    Barbara Raskin

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    New York Times Bestseller: This “landmark women’s novel” about female friendship and women’s lib is “something akin to Mary McCarthy’s The Group” (People).

    Diana Sargeant is a menopausal anthropology professor whose hot flashes often produce insights into life, love, and what it means to be a woman. Diana belongs to a generation of A-list females: well-educated jet-setters who overcame their fear of flying in the fifties, became leftist protestors in the sixties, and were glamorous seductresses on birth control in the seventies. But in the eighties, they’re middle-aged matrons who are afraid of their own mortality and must come to terms with the fact that even though they obtained everything they desired, they’re still unfulfilled.

    When Diana’s close friend Sukie Amram suffers a fatal brain hemorrhage, the professor rushes to Washington, DC, to mourn and commemorate the woman she so loved. There, she reunites with her lifelong pals: flashy magazine writer Joanne Ireland and divorced English teacher Elaine Cantor. The three soon discover Sukie’s journal, which details her battle with despair after her husband abandoned her for a younger lover. As they read through the details of Sukie’s postdivorce anguish, the friends revisit difficult moments in their own pasts and discover themselves anew.

    Called “a feminist version of The Big Chill” by the Washington Post, Hot Flashes is an irreverent, witty, and emotionally engaging novel about four intelligent, trailblazing women that provides a compelling, honest look at female fears and desire during the late twentieth century.
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media
    Romance: Contemporary

Editorial Reviews

  • “As important as The Group and The Women’s Room . . . A novel so entertaining you’ll be annoyed to have it end . . . Every once in a while, a novelist comes along whose eye for detail is so precise that you wonder if she’s read your private journal. Barbara Raskin is just such a writer.” —Cosmopolitan

  • “Hot, flashy and wonderful! . . .Plenty of flashes here—of wit, humor, insight, anger . . . It builds to a conclusion that is powerful, moving and hopeful.” —The Cincinnati Post

  • “Enchanting, entrancing, ennobling, all-encompassing.” —West Coast Review of Books

  • “A surprisingly jaunty trek through drugs, divorce, diets, drink, leftist politics, sex, stretch marks, station wagons and wasted talents.” —Los Angeles Times

  • “A landmark women’s novel, something akin to Mary McCarthy’s The Group in the ’50s and Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room in the ’70s.” —People

  • “Funny, perceptive, outrageous, and sad . . . [Hot Flashes] has done for menopause what Philip Roth did for masturbation [in Portnoy’s Complaint].” —The Washington Post

  • “[A] cross between Fear of Flying and The Big Chill . . . Filled with laughter, tears, love and hate—like life itself.” —Booklist

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About the author

Barbara Raskin

Barbara Raskin (1936–1999) was a Washington, DC–based journalist and author best known for her novel Hot Flashes. Capturing the feelings of the generation of women born during the Great Depression as they faced middle age, the novel spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list. Raskin wrote four other novels, Current Affairs, Loose Ends, Out of Order, and The National Anthem, as well as articles for numerous publications, including the Washington Post and the New York Times. She received a fiction award from the National Endowment for the Arts.