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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Roiphe Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455190959
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Bestselling author Anne Roiphe offers a poignant memoir of a journey that no one is prepared for: widowhood. Weaving between heartbreaking memories of her marriage and the pressing needs of her new day-to-day routine, Roiphe constructs an elegant literary pastiche, not of grief but of renewal. She begins her memoir just as the shock of her husband’s death has begun to wear off and writes her way into the then unknown world of life after love. In beautifully wrought vignettes, Roiphe captures the infinite number of “firsts” that lie ahead, from hailing a cab to locking and unlocking the door, to answering responses to a singles ad placed by her daughter.

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  • “In poignant flashes of everyday moments and memories, Roiphe tells an unflinching and unsentimental story of widowhood’s stupefying disquiet, of surviving love and living on.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lorna Raver captures the tone of one who is bewildered by all that has happened but who is trying to persevere against irreconcilable feelings of loss. Raver preserves the sense of vulnerability and bravado in Roiphe’s attempts to convince herself that she should undertake a new relationship to dull her loneliness. Raver contrasts Roiphe’s sense of fragility at being left alone with her fortitude in moving forward, in hopes of feeling less haunted by her husband’s memory.”

    AudioFile

  • “Radiates with raw emotion and is both painful to read and terrifying to consider...No one can really prepare a woman for this passage in life, but Roiphe’s luminous memoir is a beacon of help and, ultimately, hope.”

    Booklist 

  • “[A] moving memoir.”

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/20/2014

    " This is a very interesting, sensitive, well-written memoir of a woman trying to move on after losing her husband of many years. Very eloquent, sometimes bleak, but if you've ever wondered about the experience of widowhood this is your book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 2/10/2014

    " I found it a bit hard to believe that the author doesn't know how to turn the doorkey in the lock of the front door of the apartment she has owned for years. I understand that her husband did many things for her, but she never unlocked the door? There were many such moments of disbelief for me as I read this book. I wanted to like it, but felt that the author was making a concerted effort to make her readers feel sorry for her. But I didn't. The whole "I had to advertise on match.com and all I got were weirdos," was so false. I felt so sorry for the men she interviewed like they were at a job interview rather than on a first date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/10/2014

    " The writing style took some getting used to...snippets, which sometimes felt disjointed, but (no doubt) that was the point, showing how the newly widowed character felt. (Her husband "H." had died.) Characters in the story were initials, no names. Interesting to read and see how she progresses through the year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " A very sad topic but a very lovely book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 2/4/2014

    " Although somewhat repetitive, the writing in this book makes it worth reading. Honesty, from the heart, comes forth as author goes through her first year of widowhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 1/31/2014

    " A painfully honest chronicle of the period after the death of the author's husband. She tries to find a new pattern and meaning in her life. A glimpse into the world of over seventy online matchups. Should one take a chance on starting a relationship with an 89 year old man? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/20/2013

    " I only have one thing in common w/ the NYC, Jewish feminist, but I identified w/ her strongly. This was also the only book I really have read regarding the grief from the lose of your spouse. I kind of zoned out on some of the introspection, but enjoyed when she talked about the day to day living. And I love her honesty about what she hopes she can bring herself to do when it all gets to be too much. The first dating experience w/ the pawing 70 yr old was hilarious, but after awhile she spends too much time on her experiences in online contacts and possible dating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Davis | 12/18/2013

    " Anne is not quite 70 when her husband of 40 yrs dies. This is a memoir about the next 18 months or so. I really enjoyed her writing skill. Descriptions of emotions and sense of places were beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 11/25/2013

    " A poignant memoir by a writer whose husband of forty year dies suddenly. Very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/1/2013

    " Seemed like a pretty good memoir of loss and trying to find love later in life, but I just wasn't in the mood, so the library due date came up before I got interested. Might pick up again some other time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/29/2013

    " Reading this memoir made me remember to appreciate each moment with my loving partner even as age and impatience chips away at us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/9/2013

    " Excellent, sad, and funny. I read it in a day. It made me want to hug my husband and learn how to fix my computer without help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Flatley | 1/10/2013

    " Anne Roiphe could copy down the phone book and I'd love it but this is another phenomenal memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geralyn | 11/17/2012

    " love her writing, her train of thought. a jewish widow deals with life after her husband's death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavanita | 6/14/2012

    " I guess this is where I am..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 5/3/2012

    " Life after death - or really, the only two themes that matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mama | 3/19/2012

    " Must get more of this woman's books. Smart writing. I especially want to read Up the Sandbox. Another dollar tree success! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/15/2012

    " Riophe's husband died recently but she hasn't. This book is a beautiful and honest look at her sadness and grief and hopes for her future as a 60 something year old woman who finds herself alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/11/2012

    " This memoir was about the year following her husband's death, navigating through life in old age. Considering dating, and being on her own when she hasn't been for so long (she is in her 70's). It was very well-written and touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 9/27/2011

    " Very well-written account of emergence from grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/23/2011

    " depressing to be sure, yet the author is good at staring down the hard parts of this experience and describing them as she experiences them, in all their contradictions. Makes you grateful for what you have, and realize, once again, that the loss of a spouse or partner is practically unbearable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Jackson | 8/9/2011

    " A memoir well written, sad, and at times funny.. aging and death... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Solkon | 7/23/2011

    " I felt that the author portrayed her cup as half full. It was depressing for me to hear her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/14/2011

    " Even though I share very few life experiences with Anne Roiphe, I identified with her in this memoir in so many ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Olson | 6/2/2011

    " Good book - beautifully written. A bit slow at points, but I thought it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coralie | 5/11/2011

    " Author writes nonfiction about the two years after her husband's death. Deals realistically with her widowhood.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geralyn | 3/13/2011

    " love her writing, her train of thought. a jewish widow deals with life after her husband's death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/21/2011

    " Anne Roiphe could copy down the phone book and I'd love it but this is another phenomenal memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/27/2011

    " Good book - beautifully written. A bit slow at points, but I thought it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/9/2011

    " Hey, I thought a memoir about widowhood after your soul mate of 40 years dies would be uplifting!
    Bleak and unvarnished. Also, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/1/2010

    " Reading this memoir made me remember to appreciate each moment with my loving partner even as age and impatience chips away at us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SusanM | 6/9/2010

    " Diary-like in that the author expresses her thoughts after the death of her husband of 39 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/7/2010

    " This is a very interesting, sensitive, well-written memoir of a woman trying to move on after losing her husband of many years. Very eloquent, sometimes bleak, but if you've ever wondered about the experience of widowhood this is your book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavanita | 10/26/2009

    " I guess this is where I am..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Signora | 6/4/2009

    " Touching memoir of author's loneliness and attempts to re-engage with life after the death of her husband. Authentically written. Lesson: treasure each moment while you have them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/5/2009

    " A poignant memoir by a writer whose husband of forty year dies suddenly. Very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 5/4/2009

    " I truly enjoyed this book, sad though it was. She really captures the sadness one feels at another's death and gives voice to those feelings that can sometimes not be expressed. "

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About the Author

Anne Roiphe is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including Fruitful, which was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award. She has written for the New York Times, New York Observer, Vogue, Elle, Redbook, Parents, and the Guardian. Her work has been anthologized in more than ten collections of essays and is represented in more than fifteen college textbooks. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.