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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Becky Aikman Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide.

The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. They share emotional peaks and valleys, dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves, while turning traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down. Through it all runs the story of Aikman’s own journey through grief and her love affair with a man who tempts her to marry again. In a transporting story of what friends can achieve when they hold each other up, Saturday Night Widows is a rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Saturday Night Widows should become required reading at support groups everywhere.”


  • “Aikman and five other young widows reenter the world of the living, laughing, and – gulp – dating, all the while sharing frank talk, insight, and hope from the trenches.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “An engaging, life-affirming story.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Aikman tells this life-affirming tale with compassion and candor.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Their stories of loss are touching, and the wisdom they gain is a testament to the durability of the human spirit.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lenore | 2/19/2014

    " I found this book very helpful on different levels, aside from being inspirational. The author , a recent widow, decides to host other women to a weekly session (meeting) under similar circumstances. At first, she wasn't very impressed with the results, but as time went by interesting changes were occurring for all the women and their stages of grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy | 2/11/2014

    " This book was very interesting in a number of ways. Exploring grief but not immediate grief; recovery grief; what happens when you are ready to move on but don't exactly know how, although the author, despite her protestations to the contrary seemed to do just fine. I didn't really understand how she could consider herself a widow after she had remarried. Still, I cared about the women in the book; I found their story interesting and most of all, I was surprised to learn about the latest thinking on Elisabeth Kubler Ross; 5 stages of grief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Georgann | 1/29/2014

    " As much about grief as it is about recovery, these women showed a fortitude wrought from common experience. Too young to be widowed, the author seeks out support from a traditional group first and quickly rejects it as well as being rejected. Her own prodding leads her to find other women in similar straits who are willing to share one Saturday night each month for a year. The writing is good, the myths about the grieving process are dispelled and the women are all very likable. The monetary resources they all must have will set them apart from many. The fact that they could indulge themselves in the unique and lavish ways described here is off-putting. Their emotional recoveries are not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ricki | 1/29/2014

    " Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman is one of the most powerful, touching books I have read in a long, long, while! I wasn't sure if this book would really resonate with me as I am not a widow and haven't experience profound loss recently. I couldn't be more wrong. The main message that I got out of this book was the powerful effect and results that can happen when women truly support other women. I find this book to be unique in the world of memoirs, sharing six life stories instead of just one. It is also a very personal account of six women, widowed at a younger than usual age, searching for their new place in the world. Becky Aikman, the author of Saturday Night Widows, is a professional journalist, which is apparent through the consistently high quality writing throughout the book. While not my normal style of book, it is one that I highly recommend...I couldn't put it down! "

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