The widow's guide to sex and dating
The Widow's Guide to Sex and Datingis 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.Personally I love this book..is what it promises to be - an unpretentious, funny, quirky, good read.I'm slightly baffled by some of the other reviews and can only think that the disappointment stems from mismanaged expectations.What remains, (tsk) then, is a few hundred pages of lovely noise, the sense that nothing has happened, and profound relief that you no longer have to waste the psychic energy necessary to make yourself try and care about the gossamer excuses for human beings that Radziwill maneuvers about a tissue paper New York.I really enjoy Carole on "The Real Housewives of NYC" and I absolutely loved her memoir. It made me wish I had something next to me to barf into when I was finished. A completely unsympathetic character's husband dies. She spends 100 pages not really caring about his death and deciding she didn't really love him for no real reason at all.
If you expect this book to be like the author's first work, you will be disappointed.
Underneath the fictional story, she also addressed what I suspect are some timeless truths of dealing with being widowed.
I recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago now. Having been involved in this discussion of #Bookgate today, made me particularly sensitive to what Carole said about writing and how she feels about it.
The saddest part of all is that the main character is supposed to be 32. Although it is quite different in style and focus than "What Remains", it obviously covers some of the same ground.
I am 32 (ish) and love classic movies and even I did not get most of the references she made to pop culture. I cannot believe the author thought she could write fiction and that this even got published. There are some very funny moments, but I don't think this is the "chick lit" book some have described it to be.
However, here that skill is used to absolutely no end.