(Tammy La Gorge’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/17.)

JAN SLEPIAN’S reaction to the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater’s adaptation of her book “Astonishment: Life in the Slow Lane” has been, well, astonishment.

“It’s been very, very well received, to the point where it’s undreamed of,” said Ms. Slepian, 90, who lives in the Winchester Gardens retirement community in Maplewood. “I hardly expected the book itself to be successful.”

Self-published with the Web site Lulu in 2009, when Ms. Slepian was 88, the slim volume is a collection of 20 “essayettes,” as she calls them, that she wrote for Winchester Gardens’ community newsletter from 2003 to 2009. Their unifying theme is aging.


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