GRAVY by Ron Singer
GRAVY is a multi-genre collection covering life after seventy. Divided into five sections, Ron Singer writes on the preoccupations of the elderly: accountancy, books, activism, and family (surrogate and real).
The tone of the book follows this dictum, quoted from A VOICE FOR MY GRANDMOTHER, a memoir of the author's maternal family that is included in GRAVY: “There are few things I hate more than stories about lonely, impoverished oldsters sitting by their windows feeling bored and bereft. I don’t even like these characters when they turn up in English murder novels as the neighborly snoops who peep through the curtains for twenty years until one fatal day they see something which solves the whole case. They, and the writers, for that matter, should get a life. Anyway, they, the writers, need better plots.”
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Ron Singer Readings
On first reading Gravy I was immediately struck by how true it is to its own sense of purpose. As Singer writes in the dedication, this is a book “dedicated to the old, and to the old at heart.” Aging, then, is obviously a big theme in Gravy. But it’s not just a book about aging; it’s about what aging does: how people are changed by the process of aging (or not changed), and how the mere fact of “being old” can really color the way others perceive us (often unfairly). It’s a big theme to tackle, but I have to say that Singer tackles it well. With gusto, in fact.
Davis Ayers, Avatar Review