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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lolly Winston Narrator: Amanda Foreman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831737
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Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/26/2011

    " Lolly Winston is a master of visual images of unique characters. While the theme of the book revolves around the loss of a spouse, it is funny and hopeful and real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bluefield | 4/22/2011

    " This book was heartbreaking, hilarious, poignant. I read it twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 4/12/2011

    " Loved it. It was touching without being sappy and often funny enough to make me laugh out loud. "

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

    " I read this book in one night. I wasn't expecting it to draw me in so much, but I got so absorbed in it. The characters were so well developed and the storyline was believable. I wish Lolly Winston would write many more novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/1/2011

    " At times the author tries too hard, but over-all I liked this book. The author created vivid characters and realistic dialog which move the story quickly forward. I especially like that none of the characters, including Ethan, the deseased husband Sophie is grieving, is portrayed as perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 3/31/2011

    " There were some great insights about grief woven into the narrative, but neither the story nor the writing were very compelling. Plus, it really irritated me that Simone was supposedly four but was characterized like a two-year-old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/30/2011

    " Great book! I loved the oreos and the ben & jerry's binges. I can totally relate to that! I laughed way more than I thought. This book touched my soul, I really felt for Sophie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/24/2011

    " I thought this was a really lovely book. Very sad in places (it did have me crying a few times). A really great read with an uplifting message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/22/2011

    " Loved it! It was funny in a sad sort of way. The plot sort of rolls along at the same pace -- no peak -- but it kept my interest anyway. Read it if you want something light and fun. "

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About the Author
Author Lolly Winston

Lolly Winston, born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Connecticut, holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Alan Gurganus and wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis. In the early eighties she went to Hawaii for eight days and stayed for eight years, boogie boarding and working as a corporate copy writer and public affairs officer at a local trauma hospital. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early nineties, where she continued to work as a public relations professional. Her first foray into freelance journalism was as a stringer for Automotive News. After falling off the corporate ladder, she began working from home as a freelance writer for high-tech companies and the San Jose Mercury News. Since then her work has appeared in the magazines Redbook, Family Circle, Working Mother, New Woman, Sunset, Lifetime, and others. She has also taught classes in freelance writing. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

About the Narrator

Amanda Foreman is a visiting research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which was adapted for the screen as The Duchess. Educated as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and with master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Oxford University, she is now married with five children and lives in New York.