The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

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Book - 2013 | First edition.
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"Radziwill's delicious debut novel... is a poignant tale of love and loss."-- Publishers Weekly

"One of the richest, most deeply satisfying stories I've read in a long time."-- BookPage

"Carole Radziwill writes like a cross between Sophie Kinsella and Christopher Buckley. Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny!"--Susan Sarandon

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had

Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he's a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire's life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... a Giacometti, no less!

Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before--maybe even, possibly, love.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805098846
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 22 cm.


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JMFlaherty Sep 11, 2014

Nice try Carole but I, reluctantly, have to judge this book a "miss." Even tho the word "sex" was mentioned frequently, there wasn't any sex at all in the book. (In the one passage where the widow had sex, she was unconscious. Remember?) And I just couldn't get a clear (or even cloudy) picture of the widow and her lately departed. Not criticizing the writing (rather characters and content).
The memoir (previous book) was brilliantly written. But the person, to me, who jumped off the pages of that book was not Anthony, but Carolyn.

gramercygal Aug 14, 2014

This is NOT a 'How To' book but rather the story of how one woman got through the pain of being a widow (her husband was killed by a falling faux sculpture) to ultimately find love (and lust) again.

You don't have to be a widow to identify with what she goes through.

It's an easy light read.

amykduffy Apr 10, 2014

Fans of what I call "intelligent chick lit" (Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner) will enjoy this. I admit I bought it because I'm a Housewives of NYC fan, but I already knew from reading What Remains that she writes well. This novel is comic relief after the tear-jerking memoir about her late husband. It's light and fun but not sappy or ditzy.

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