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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Tropper Narrator: Eric Ruben Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781423328469
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Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity—the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there’s his sixteen-year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug’s sisters: his bossy twin, Claire, who’s just left her husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his grieving stupor. And Debbie, who’s engaged to Doug’s ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.

Soon Doug’s entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene, it isn’t long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.

Funny, sexy, and smart, How to Talk to a Widower is a novel about finding your way, even when you have no idea where it is you want to go.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Ollinger | 2/16/2014

    " This was not my favorite of his but I still really enjoyed it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kesha | 2/16/2014

    " Love reading a romance novel from the perspective of a male character and a male author. With an exception to the needless profanity, this is a fun, meaningful story about love lost and found. My favorite character is Russ, a short-tempered, impulsive teen who fell wholeheartedly in love with his stepfather and his family just like his deceased mother had. I'll be on the lookout for more Tropper novels. He's a great storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/14/2014

    " I think Jonathan Tropper is like Nick Hornby, can write about a sad situation but make it a good read - not depressing. There are some good characters, like Doug's mother - the drama queen! I liked Russ, who despite his problems was very intuitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 2/13/2014

    " something about Tropper, i adore every book i've read of his and am going to be very sad as i think there's only one left unread. this was the best so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/8/2014

    " Doug has lost the love of his life. As he negotiates his crazy but loving family, juggles the care of his sad and angry teenage step-son, and begins to move beyond his grief and back into the world of dating, he tells us his story with a wonderful mixture of emotion. At times this book is heartbreaking, at others laugh-out-loud funny. The story of a young-ish man, who has lost his older wife, and has a teenage stepson hit a little too close to home for me at times, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Darbyshire | 2/7/2014

    " This is a bit of an odd one. It turned up on my recommendations at Amazon; and I noticed it since Amazon's recommendations are usually along the lines of "You've read a book by Margaret Forster, why not read another one?" which is the kind of conclusion I can come to by myself without the aid of a piece of software that's swallowed the reading habits of half the western world and ought to be able to spit out something more surprising. I spotted it on the library shelf and took it home, and by the time I discovered it was supposed to be darkly comic lad lit (or something) I'd read the beginning and enjoyed it. And enjoy it I mostly did. First person narration by Doug, 29 year old widower of his decade-ish older wife with a 15 year old stepson to help out of scrapes; his siblings and parents have their own triumphs and disasters to deal with. I preferred the book when it stayed on the dark side of comic; the descents into farce were a bit much for me. And though it was obvious that the book was going to end on the upbeat there was at least one storyline (with Doug's twin sister Claire) that seemed to hit an out of tune note at the finale.On the whole though I thought the characters were well rounded, not too stereotyped and not always likable which is a good thing; and generally I thought it was a pretty decent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 2/2/2014

    " Jonathan Tropper justs keeps getting better with every book. In this darkly funny story of a recent widower, Jonathan manages to convey feelings of loss that we can only imagine. Great storyline and very emotive! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Czarnecki | 1/24/2014

    " One of my favorite books by Tropper so far. Two weeks for his newest to come out, I can't wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 1/19/2014

    " This was a well written, funny, and enticingly sad book covering the misguided life and family of a young widower. I found it akin to Frazen's "The Corrections". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/30/2013

    " This was the second book I read by Tropper. It made me laugh and cry. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/16/2013

    " Funny, Trooper doesn't disappoint. A man who is a widower who is dealing with the death of his wife, his step son and his insane family. Lots of laugh out loud moments! GOOD READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Sprenger | 11/2/2013

    " Love this author and loved this book! Read it in one sitting at airport/on flight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Carney | 9/27/2013

    " A fantastic book with the right mix of humour and really poignant moments. You'll laugh and be moved by the story. Really quite excellent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annica | 9/1/2013

    " This is a juvenile and sad story that brings some hope towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Mahood | 7/21/2013

    " Love this book so much. I read it at any opportunity and it never fails to make me laugh or cry. I wish I could give it infinity stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 5/11/2013

    " Beautiful, haunting, and endearing. Story of love and loss and family. Excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renae | 2/21/2013

    " I give this 5 stars for pure entertainment. Jonathon Tropper is easily one of my favorite authors. This was such a fun and entertaining story about loss, family and moving on. Really good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2013

    " How to Talk to a Widower was a fast-moving and funny read. I enjoyed it very much, but it did not leave me with a lot to think about, so although I completed it earlier this week, I'm already forgetting the story. However, it made me laugh out loud on several occasions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auralia | 9/29/2012

    " I love this author. Tropper did it again. He totally sucked me into the novel: made me laugh, cry, mad, sad,and in the end fall in love with the characters of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 9/13/2012

    " Read this in one day... very entertaining and the last of Tropper's books for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren King | 8/30/2012

    " I never thought I'd laugh so much at a book about a guy who lost his wife. This was my first Jonathan Tropper work, and it was reminiscent of a Three's Company episode. His sense of humor was poignant and not overdone. I can't wait to get my hands on more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Roper | 6/9/2012

    " The writer has a wicked sense of humor, which I love, but it was definately R rated - enough that I was put off by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornellia Widiastuti | 1/10/2012

    " If you want to play comparing, it is not as superior as "This is Where I Leave You". But it's a good book nevertheless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Lipson | 8/23/2011

    " Comedic and poignant, but somehow I never sympathised with the protagonist. He's just too bitter, too world-weary, too self-pitying. A good read but not a great one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jools | 8/7/2011

    " Hillarious yet poignant, fast moving read, portraying the painful healing of a bereaved husband. Teeming with one-liners and engaging characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/3/2011

    " I loved this book. It was moving, realistic and so funny. I found myself laughing out loud in a few parts! I would definately recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 5/3/2011

    " One of the best books ever!
    Jonathan Tropper has a great writing style that kept me laughing out loud, crying with real tears and truly caring about these characters.
    I can't wait to read everything Jonathan Tropper has written. Don't miss this book and/or this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ange | 4/28/2011

    " beautiful and hilarious, super highly recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 4/13/2011

    " This book was wonderful. It was funny and sad and beautiful all at once. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorayne | 3/17/2011

    " No where as good as This is Where I Leave You....never got to know the character of Hailey. The main character and what happens to him are almost ridiculous, the family structure is too similar to his previous book, I almost saw them as the same character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/8/2011

    " Again. I like the author and I'm working my way through his books. This is a good one, funny, yet serious and insighful. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Tropper

Jonathan Tropper is the author of How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, Plan B, and This Is Where I Leave You. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College.