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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Roiphe Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “[A] moving memoir.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Megan | 2/6/2014

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

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