The widow's guide to sex and dating a novel
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I was skeptical when I found out the author of The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating stars on “The Real Housewives of New York.” And when the epigram was a Lady Gaga quote, I thought I was in for a long slog.
However, here that skill is used to absolutely no end.
The plot, engaging and amusing at the start of the novel, quickly turns flimsy, then flimsier, then ultimately gets buried under a pile of lovely words.
As their relationship deepens, Claire has to decide whether she is willing to step into someone else’s shadow again.
An award-winning former TV reporter, Radziwill is also the author of the well-received —a memoir of her marriage, which ended when her husband died of cancer in 1999.
What is clear is that her spare writing and wry voice make The Widow’s Guide an exhilarating, insightful and moving story about loss and identity.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 ... Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. 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.She dabbles in magazine writing, but is mostly content in his larger-than-life shadow, following him from party to party around Manhattan, where he’s never short on opinions and admirers.“He gave her entrée into the elite upper reaches of words and the people who traded in them; she gave him a wide swath,” Radziwill writes. (It reads funnier than it sounds.) He meets a cruel end, but fantastic things start happening for his wife almost immediately. (Botox and fillers, she said, “make the younger people look old and the older people look young. In “Widow’s Guide,” the heroine’s husband is killed by a Giacometti sculpture that falls from a crane, flattening him like a pancake. The four of them had been a quartet, and at 36, she was now alone, playing solo. So to speak.“She said, ‘Carole, do it with a stranger out of town,’ ” Ms. When a friend in the movie business set her up with a British actor who was visiting New York, she was on her way. “There was a time after Anthony died, a long phase, where I was just wearing see-through clothes.”And dating younger men. Radziwill, who at 50 is smaller than sample size and looks considerably younger, thanks to genetics and a little help from her cosmetic dermatologist.What a pleasant surprise, then, when the book turned out to be one of the richest, most deeply satisfying stories I’ve read in a long time.At 32, Claire Byrne is smart, beautiful and married to famous author and sexologist Charlie Byrne. Peterson, the investment banker, who was dining at a nearby table with the power broker Vernon E. Radziwill said this was “more like a weekend”) and an interlude with a world-class movie star, who appears to be the basis for a character in her new book. Everyone looks like a homogenized 35.”)She also had a lesbian phase (although Ms.