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.
I was buttonholed by two middle-aged men who alternated telling me their life story.
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.