As the baby boom generation ages, there are few ethnographies that capture the dynamics of aging. This new book is based on years of participant observation in "the Sands," a beautiful ocean community of well-off individuals and couples seeking the easy life. Yet the community members contend with deep uncertainties about health as they learn to face the realities of death. Identity, sexuality, gender, and conflict play into a sense of "who belongs where," who is counted a friend or stranger in the struggles of old age. Warren shows how the vicissitudes of the aging body center the present and become anchors for the past and future. Expressed in beautiful literary prose, this book moves beyond wealth to explore the realities of aging in poignant new ways that will enliven discussion in courses on Gerontology, Medical Sociology, Inequality, and many others.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: Island in the Sun

part |2 pages

Part I The Sands

chapter 1|11 pages

Street Life/Private Spaces

chapter 2|15 pages

The Coconut Telegraph

part |2 pages

Part II The Yacht Club

chapter 3|11 pages


chapter 4|15 pages


part |2 pages

Part III Aging in Place

chapter 5|15 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night