Sunday, May 23, 2010

How to Talk to a Widower

How To Talk To A Widower How To Talk To A Widower by Jonathan Tropper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What I liked: Everything. From the first page this book had me with it's pain, intensity and dry humor. This book says a lot about how people love, grieve and live after someone has gone from their lives.

What I didn't like: I can't think of anything I didn't like. Honestly. This book was well-written, there was plot and conflict and meaning... Just a really really good book overall.

Final Thoughts: READ THIS BOOK!

Pub. Date: June 2008

Synopsis: Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity – the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there’s his sixteen-year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug’s sisters: his bossy twin, Claire, who’s just left her husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his grieving stupor. And Debbie, who’s engaged to Doug’s ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.
Soon Doug’s entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene, it isn’t long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.
Funny, sexy, and smart, How to Talk to a Widower is a novel about finding your way, even when you have no idea where it is you want to go.

Recommended Reading:
Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper
The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Commencement by J. Sullivan

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