A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999. This is the true story of a menopausal woman who separated form her husband and spends a year by the sea. I guess she’s learning to be her true self? Can we really do that? Be who we are without thinking about it first? Judging our every action? So far I’m enjoying the book. You might also. It’s not a long story, just 181 pages before you get to the About the Book section at the back (which I skip over usually). So far Joan spends time working in a fish market and meets up with an older lady named Joan Erikson and they become good friends.