Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty. Valerie s daughter, April, has love life, rest, and prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or t, though, April s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, man, kids. Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twenty-something women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a vel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on ather, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.