Sounds like a fun read. It’s not my normal type of book, but you’ve convinced me to give it a shot if it’s available in audio. I think I would like this! Thanks for the review! The Plot: Claire Byrne is married to Charlie, a reknowned sexologist, author of many books on the subject. One day, he is killed by a huge statue falling from a crane on Fifth Avenue in New York. Claire finds herself a widow in her 30s and completely lost as to what to do next. She goes to two different therapists, visits psychics and even follows a griot, a storyteller who travels the city sharing stories about famous New York City dwellers, to try and find her way to a new life.
I knew dating as a widow would be difficult. But the hardest part surprised me.
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Claire’s husband is a philandering ‘sexologist’ who believes love and sex can’t co-exist. But it breaks her heart when he dies and leaves her a young widow. As she braces herself for her new life alone, Claire can’t help but wonder if her late-lamented was right all along. After getting through the pain of his passing, she’s returning to the battlefield of bad dates. So when she’s asked to write the biography of lothario movie star Jack Huxley, she’s surprised when he doesn’t live up to his sleazy reputation.
Not only is he more than meets the eye, but he’s got his eye on her. Claire’s determined to banish her husband’s ghosts and prove him wrong. But having found her first Mr Right, does she deserve a second? A unique, extraordinarily perceptive and darkly comic novel about widows, sex and love – in that order. I think Carole Radziwill’s real talent lies in non-fiction.
This was an entertaining read, which is, I realize, damning with faint praise. I’d hoped for more.
THE WIDOW’S GUIDE TO SEX AND DATING
No surprise that negotiations for a television series are already under way; think Sex and the City in black. Although the nine-year marriage lacked passion, Claire finds herself at sea. Charlie has left an unfinished manuscript about a movie star named Jack Huxley, and his agent wants Claire to complete it. Her predictably gay friend, Ethan, sends her to a psychic, who warns her she will not find love for a year. She meets and flirts with Jack at the opening of one of his films but gets drunk and ends up sleeping with the co-star think Bradley Cooper instead of George Clooney, poor girl.
Eventually, she and narcissist Jack do connect and begin an affair of sorts; it is magic when they are together, but they are together only when he calls, which is not often.
This weekend, on Friday night, I left a party early in order to come home and read a book written by a Real Housewife of New York. Clearly, Radziwill is the writer of the group. I am not a fan of the Real Housewives franchise. I have seen one or two episodes of the one based in Atlanta and one episode of the one based in New York. The front cover blurb, by Candace Bushnell, is predictable and unimpressive.
It helps Bushnell to blurb Radziwill as much as it helps Radziwill to get a blurb from Bushnell. According to her Wikipedia page, she and her late husband were very close friends of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
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Claire’s husband is a philandering ‘sexologist’ who believes love and sex can’t co-exist. But it breaks her heart when he dies and leaves her a young widow. As she braces herself for her new life alone, Claire can’t help but wonder if her late-lamented was right all along. After getting through the pain of his passing, she’s returning to the battlefield of bad dates.
So when she’s asked to write the biography of lothario movie star Jack Huxley, she’s surprised when he doesn’t live up to his sleazy reputation. Not only is he more than meets the eye, but he’s got his eye on her.
Watch the video. Early s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests’ reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be. Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. A sex addict’s carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel. In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead.
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Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny! 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 year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.
I talk to everyone and I keep going to different types of therapy. There were some good parts. I really appreciated the discussion of post-traumatic growth, for example. But then there were the other parts. But I digress. The book has nine things that need to be done within the first two weeks and six more things that need to be done in the two weeks after that.
You may want to send a note or handwritten card to everyone who attended the funeral or sent flowers. And I need to do it within the first month after my husband dies?
Claire’s husband is a philandering ‘sexologist’ who believes love and sex can’t co-exist. But it breaks her heart when he dies and leaves her a young widow. As she braces herself for her new life alone, Claire can’t help but wonder if her late-lamented was right all along.
LibraryThing Review. User Review – CatherineBurkeHines – LibraryThing. I think Carole Radziwill’s real talent lies in non-fiction. This was an entertaining read.
Dating as a widow comes with unique challenges. I lost my husband when I was 26, and I did not know any other widows in my life. Every time someone gave me dating advice, I shrugged it off because no one understood what I was going through. I cannot emphasize this enough. You really need to be in a good place emotionally before you start dating.
Take time to mourn, to build your self-esteem and to reduce the stress in your life as a whole. This will make you much better prepared to handle the emotions of a new relationship. This is a feeling that all widows face. I know I did. Your spouse would have wanted you to be happy. Dating is not disrespectful or inconsiderate. It is a step you will take to move forward in your life. Your counselor will tell you this time and time again, but remind yourself of it as well.
No guilt, just hope for the future.
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We are still dispatching all items as quickly as possible. Description Imported from USA. Claire has almost no identity of her own, and she is convinced by friends to lose her widowed virginity and move on. There is a constant war between lightness and heaviness in the subject, in the story, and in the telling that seems intrinsic to city dwellers.
Book Description. A unique, extraordinarily perceptive and darkly comic novel about widows, sex and love – in that order. Review. ‘.
On a recent day there, Ms. One was clearly too fat, another clearly too old. And, as Ms. Radziwill said to her friend Peter G. Peterson, the investment banker, who was dining at a nearby table with the power broker Vernon E. Jordan Jr. And his social secretary. After Ms. Radziwill was back in her seat, a waiter handed her the business card of a person a few chairs down. Sassoon approached the table. Really, Ms. Sassoon said, most members of the masters-of-the-universe set are looking for women with careers of their own.
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If you are looking for the perfect fast- paced, lighthearted, humorous novel, consider your search to be over. Radziwill’s novel is the perfect book for your solo reading or your next book club. The title is tongue-in-cheek, so you won’t find yourself delving into deep grief issues. Instead, you will be carving out time to lose yourself in this splendid novel. Humor permeates Radziwill’s writing, and the dialogue is flawless.
The reader is quickly drawn Claire’s cluttered life. Clare was married to Charles Bryne, a sexologist and well-known author. Upon his death, he left Claire with some, shall we say, sensitive issues. There’s the affair he was having, the book he was writing, and the life apart from Claire that he was actively living. Suddenly widowed, Claire attempts to navigate the awkward waters of widowhood and dating with the help of well-meaning friends.
Radziwill, writes, “The first days postmortem are a grab bag of surprises. Stories swirl. In this fast paced daily life, Claire realizes that there’s no easy fix to her life crisis, so she develops her own set of rules to muddle through her new life.
The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating
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More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny! 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 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 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: Henry Holt and Co.