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tableforone

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Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« on: April 11, 2015, 09:15:54 PM »
I am a reader. When first widowed, I read every non-fiction book about being widowed I could find and order on Amazon. But I couldn't give up my fiction. But I hated all characters who were not widowed. So I read exclusively fiction with widows as central characters. I called it my own personal genre.

Two of my favorites:

Olive Kittridge by Strout(can't think of her first name right now) Won the Pulitzer. So apparently I am not the only one who thought it was good.

How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper. So very funny and true.

Hoping my widow fiction genre might help other readers who can't seem to be able to read anymore.


TooSoon

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2015, 09:34:44 PM »
Over the holidays I read a novel about a young widowed woman by an Irish author, Colm Toibin, set, naturally, in Ireland.  It is called Nora Webster and absolutely loved every word. 

tableforone

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 11:18:30 PM »
I must get this book. Thanks!

TooSoon

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 11:21:46 PM »
I gave my copy to adp but he's so lost in his Proust or some such that I don't think he's even opened it.  Lol!  Otherwise I'd send it to you.  It is melancholy but really resonated in a lot of ways.

tableforone

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2015, 03:29:05 PM »
I like melancholy. adp and his Proust. He should try a little Brigit Jones to lighten things up!! ;D

gretchen437

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2015, 05:41:02 PM »
Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Good Grief by Lolly Winston
Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow
Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating by Carole Radziwill

I never much cared for nonfiction widow books. The above listed books are just some of the widow fictions I have read. I really loved by Bridget Jones and Good Grief.

gretchen437

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2015, 05:42:14 PM »
I'm currently reading Nora Webster and enjoy it so far.

Mizpah

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2015, 02:42:14 PM »
Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon van Booy.  It's beautiful.
widowed 2011 (DH 28)

calimom

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 06:34:19 PM »

Great thread, and I've few of the books mentioned.  Olive Kitteridge" was made into a multi part mini series on HBO with a wonderful cast, very well done.  My book group recently read "Nora Webster", and everyone thought it was amazing.  Of course they were glad to have the perspective of the resident widow (moi).

A few more:

"Rosie", by Anne Lamott, with a sequel "Imperfect Birds".  I don't care for her non fiction, but her fiction is spot on.

A trilogy by Robb Foreman Dew -   "The Evidence Against Her"; "The Truth of the Matter"; "Being Polite to Hitler".  A widow in 1920s through 1950s Ohio.  I loved it.

"Shelter Me" by Juliette Fay.  I read this fairly early out, and while it might be in the 'chick lit' category, it hit home for me.  The protagonist was about the same age as me, had children the same ages and was widowed due to an accident.  I had an email exchange with the author and she was very kind. 

Most widow lit is likely written by non-widows, which makes sense.  If I were going to write a novel, it probably wouldn't be about a widow?lol.

"I'm breaking through, I'm bending spoons, I'm keeping flowers in full bloom" - REM

maddalena

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Re: Widow/Widower fiction. The only fiction genre I could read
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2015, 09:45:11 PM »
oh, I thought i was the only one :D
"Leaving Barney" by Bette Ann Moskowitz
is one I'll add to the list. It's for sale for 1 cent on amazon.