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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,080 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilma Wolitzer Narrator: Fred Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in the New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee’s memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating (“dating after death,” as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it’s least expected.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book to savor page by page, filled with astute detail, both comic and mournful, about what it’s like to be middle-aged and lonely yet not to give up on the search for love.”

    Julia Glass, National Book Award winner

  • “A warm, keenly incisive view of life’s vicissitudes by a writer too seldom heard from.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Families are Wolitzer’s turf, and she’s an observant and often humorous chronicler of domesticity and the stuff that comes with it: illness, loss, boredom, crankiness, and, on good days, love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a lovely novel, an elegant bouquet of family life, made up of tenderness and confusion, grief and solace, uncertainty and commitment, and the unexpectedness of love.”

    Roxana Robinson

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mkb | 2/18/2014

    " A sweet book about a 65-year old man whose wife of 20 years has died. And the many widows who want to hook up with him. Including his ex-fiance who left him at the alter many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debi | 2/15/2014

    " I adored the main character of this book, a 60 something male widower, as he re-enters the dating scene. The timing of the book felt off, which in a way felt realistic, like someone going through grief would be experiencing time--how it feels slowed down then rapidly moved ahead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by marg | 2/4/2014

    " Let's face it. I won't be finishing this, and even if I were, I wouldn't enjoy it. This was an unfortunate read in part because I read it almost directly after reading The Beginner's Goodbye which falls along the same lines - sad widow tries to recreate life for himself after his wife dies. That book wasn't all that wonderful and this one is by far worse. The characters are either annoying or non descript and the arch is basically one man's attempt to move on through the desperate women who throw themselves at him. He's boring, and so's the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Molly Purrington | 1/19/2014

    " I will truly miss the characters in this novel. It reminds me a bit of The Widower's Tale in that you fall in love with the main character and watch him as he moves through his grief stages. It is funny, well written and a well crafted story. "

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About the Author

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of several novels, including Hearts, Ending, and Tunnel of Love. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. She has taught at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.