“Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell embraces the challenges of aging as a woman

The New York Times bestselling author Candace Bushnell reveals how she’s asked to clip back the darkness of her writing. The author of the 1996 hit novel, “Sex and the City,” joined “Salon Talks” to discuss her latest book, “Is There Still Sex in the City?” Her latest ventures beyond the boroughs as she explores dating, friendship and a phenomenon she calls "midlife madness.” Bushnell explained to Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams that being middle-aged is a lot darker than portrayed in media.

Bushnell said, “I think that people have this perception that somehow my books are light and fluffy and they're not. All of them are dark.” “Is There Still Sex in the City?” follows books like “Killing Monica,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Four Blondes” and “Trading Up.” It’s her ninth novel. Bushnell explained that middle-aged women struggle, “There are people who go through this passage and they go down. They cannot get their shit together. And it's a time where if you're on the border of, "Hey, I might dive into alcohol or drugs." I mean, this can be a period where the despair and there can be a certain hopelessness about this time because you really can't see a future.”

“But the reality is that it's the publishing industry, they want you to cut out the dark,” she said.

Watch the video above to learn more about how Bushnell accurately portrays the inner-struggles of middle-aged women. And watch the full episode to hear her explain why she left New York City for her latest book.

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