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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: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385360920
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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.”

    People

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan R | 1/28/2014

    " Have thankfully not experienced the loss of a spouse. If I ever do, I hope that I am lucky enough to meet people like the characters in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 1/21/2014

    " Kind of a boring read in my opinion. Nothing really happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/15/2014

    " A very poignant story about 6 women who are widowed, yet they are so much more than that title. They form a group, one that is designed or intended to uplift, support, and help them move forward with their lives. Women are so powerful, especially when they help each other. A worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/26/2013

    " A wonderful book about friendship and how it can help us through our darkest days and give us strength to move forward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Hoffsmith | 11/29/2013

    " This started out a little slow for me, and a little too analytical. It quickly warmed up as each "Blossom's" story unwound. I loved all the escapades these ladies shared. It was touching and delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorien Klette | 11/23/2013

    " I seriously did not want this book - this story - to end. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/19/2013

    " Very insightful book into the grieving in losing a spouse at a young age. I have to admit I did not know it was nonfiction when I picked it up but I did get interested in the woman's lives and what they were going through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/15/2013

    " Very interesting perspective...makes you think about a difficult subject that we've all had to face in our life in one way or another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Toler | 10/14/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was a great example of female bonding and how that bond can get an individual through so much. This is a true story but reads like a ficiton novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 7/27/2013

    " Fascinating memoir of how one grieves the loss of a spouse. We forget the Kubler Ross' work was on those dying not those left to grieve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rctgale | 6/26/2013

    " Interesting read about a small segment of the widow population (relatively young, well-educated, and affluent). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/26/2013

    " This is the first book I have been able to get through since losing my Spouse this past November. Trying to be looking forward, but struggling with it, this book and the women who share their journey give impetus to me to continue to be forward looking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/23/2013

    " Well written and right on the mark. An inspirational read for anyone who has gone through a major loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Berger | 3/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Most ladies who have lost someone close to them or gone through a divorce can identify with these ladies. Despite the telling of stories which are sad the book is uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Aschenbrenner | 2/11/2013

    " I really liked this, even though I'm not a widow! REally a lot of good information along with a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Norwood | 1/1/2013

    " This really is more a story of six women trying to move forward. They are all people I'd love to sit and talk with. I really enjoyed this book and was sorry to have it end. "

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About the Author

Becky Aikman is a graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She has been a writer and editor for Business Week and a reporter for Newsday. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.