Heller's surprising ability to get into the mind of a middle-aged spinster also illustrates her strong talent for imaginative empathy.
In the days before gyms, a middle-aged man didn't have many options for getting rid of his middle-aged spread, so he donned a corset and went about his day.
Even though a seven-year-old cat may be the equivalent of a middle-aged human, there are a lot of other variables that can affect the lifespan of the animal.
If a soft drink company wants to test its appeal to the teen male market, it doesn't do anyone much good to ask a middle-aged woman what she thinks of the beverage.
Less than 5 percent of five year olds are myopic, but this percentage increases to 25 percent by late teens and to approximately 35 percent for young adults and to 42 percent of those middle-aged.