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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gigi Levangie Grazer Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780307912152
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Gigi Levangie Grazer, New York Times bestselling author of The Starter Wife, returns with a hilarious and spirited tale of love—both lost and found.

Los Angeles is no place for widows. This is what forty-four-year-old Hannah Bernal quickly discovers after the tragic death of her handsome and loving husband, John. Misery and red-rimmed eyes are little tolerated in the land of the beautiful. But life stumbles on. Hannah’s sweet three-year-old daughter, Ellie, needs to be dropped off at her overpriced preschool, while Hannah herself must get back to work in order to pay the bills on “Casa Sugar,” the charming Spanish-styled bungalow they call home.

Fortunately, Hannah has her “grief team” for emotional support: earth mother and fanatical animal lover Chloe, who finds a potential blog post in every moment; aspiring actress Aimee, who has her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial; and Jay, Hannah’s television-producing partner, who has a penchant for Mr. Wrong. But after a series of mishaps and bizarre occurrences, one of which finds Hannah in a posh Santa Monica jail cell, her friends start to fear for her sanity. To make matters worse, John left their financial affairs in a disastrous state. And when Hannah is dramatically fired from her latest producing gig, she finds herself in danger of losing her house, her daughter, and her mind.

One night, standing in her backyard under a majestic avocado tree, in the throes of grief, Hannah breaks down and asks, “Why?” The answer that comes back—“Why not?”—begins an astounding journey of discovery and transformation that leads Hannah to her own truly extraordinary life after death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fans of Lolly Winston, Mary Kay Andrews, and Jennifer Weiner will especially enjoy Grazer’s newest. Booklist
     
  • Hilariously funny and profoundly wise, The After Wife is for anyone who’s ever been married or widowed, in debt or in love. I could not put it down: a fabulous read! Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls
  • A charming tale of a grieving forty-ish widow—and the wacky friends who love her. Los Angeles Times
     
  • Fans of The Starter Wife will be equally charmed with The After Wife. Library Journal
     
  • Grazer’s entertaining satire is sure to spice up any occasion. Publishers Weekly
  • A book that is part Jacqueline Susann, part Real Housewives . . . Gigi Levangie Grazer [is a] Jimmy Choo’ed-out satirist. National Post

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jules | 1/30/2014

    " A quick easy read. Kind of quirky but not really insightful. It was fun however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/20/2014

    " Funny, funny, funny, and sad. A light and refreshing read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy Chang | 1/8/2014

    " Couldn't finish it. Seemed really disjointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy Grimes | 1/8/2014

    " Enjoyable; laughed out loud throughout the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/7/2014

    " Lots of funny parts and quirky characters but LOTS of "medium" stuff that gets a little much. The beginning focus on grieving for a dead loved on and is very touching. Then it goes into moving forward after a loss (the main character moves pretty fast), but again the humor is mixed with some very interesting themes. The talking with the dead - on command no less- is a little much, but still --- a fun and fast read. You are fully set up for another installment -but that's OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Sniderormsbee | 1/3/2014

    " I loved it! Read in just a few hours... Couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Phillips | 1/1/2014

    " Hannah Bernal is happily married and head over heels in love with her husband John and they have a gorgeous daughter named Ellie. All is great and L.A is awesome but then tragedy strikes Hannah in a profound way that she isn't ready for. Her husband John passes away and soon Hannah is left to pick herself and Ellie up off the ground. It's not easy though as Hannah- normally the working mum is about to discover that being a widow and a grieving one at that isn't the cool thing to do or be in L.A. Thank goodness though that Hannah has the support of her three but odd bunch of friends who have been dubbed "The Grief Team". Aimee - an aspiring actress who is still looking for her big break in Hollywood , Jay - her gay best friend and Chloe - a single mother who runs a Mummy Blog. With her friends nothing can go wrong or can it, especially with get ready for it.............. when a ghost named Trish appears in Hannah's house . At first it's just one ghost and then sooner than later , Hannah is bombarded with dead people including her recently deceased husband John. Is there a reason the ghosts are coming to Hannah ? Can she make her ability of seeing ghosts to good use ? . Readers, not for the faint-hearted as there is one scene where Aimee and Hannah go to get a V-steam - if you are not sure what a V-steam is then google it and you will have a chuckle. Find out in The After wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer , a book that you will find yourself laughing and tearing up to as you turn page to page. If you haven't read any of Gigi's books before , check out her book "The Starter Wife" as that was her first one I picked up and it got me hooked on her writing :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 12/31/2013

    " It was kind of weird, the part of "seeing the dead". Liked the Santa Monica part as I visited there this summer. Really like the characters themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri Rottmayer | 12/5/2013

    " LOVED this book. Such a great story with wonderful characters. Funny and endearing. I couldn't put it down. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/23/2013

    " Hannah is happily married with a 3-year-old daughter when her husband dies in an accident. Then she has to figure out how to be a widow. The author uses sarcasm, humor, and ridiculous scenarios to turn a serious subject into a funny, mildly entertaining story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louise | 11/22/2013

    " Really juvenile humor. Not even a reasonable story. I kept asking myself: Why are you listening? It gets a 2 on my 10 scale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/22/2013

    " Picked this up on a whim. I was looking for something light and easy and this fit the bill. Reads a bit like a tv sitcom but the main character, Hannah and her crew of friends are likeable enough. A beach read in the middle of winter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 10/5/2013

    " Started out good, then got too far out there for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucille Guitard | 10/3/2013

    " I was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Gallagher | 10/1/2013

    " Strange plot, hopped around and there are a lot of characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 9/19/2013

    " I kept waiting for this book to entertain me and it only bored me. I do not recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/16/2013

    " Cute, but could have been more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 7/27/2013

    " This was fun. It had really touching moments that had tears threatening and others that had me giggling out loud. Loved the cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 5/29/2013

    " The silliness gets annoying, but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 5/2/2013

    " funny in a sarcastic, sharp, hip way. don't really appreciate grazer's way, but i am alone i think. young gals probably will and do love her. "

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

    " complete fluff. just what I needed a book to read in 48hrs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. Schappell | 3/17/2013

    " Very funny, light read about death, ghosts and life in California. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha Strader | 2/11/2013

    " Wow! After a slow start, The After Wife rolled into a fantastic finish! The first half of the book was so heavy with emotional context it was a drag to read, but it was completely worthwhile to finish it. This would never qualify as a "classic", but it's a perfect summer reading book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orianne | 1/20/2013

    " Ridiculous story written with great humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Enlow-novitsky | 1/4/2013

    " Cute, laugh out loud funny at some points "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa Gonzalez | 1/1/2013

    " A young woman is suddenly widowed and seeing dead people. This story tells how she deals with her new life along with the help from a crazy bunch of friends. I found this to book to be mildy amusing. Not laugh out loud funny but it will put a smile on your face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N. Jax | 10/26/2012

    " Reads like a summer fling: fun and fast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shala Dendler | 8/2/2012

    " Reminds me why I don't read chic lit. Too self-aware and not remotely insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Long | 7/21/2012

    " Ok altough the covers are remarkably similar this is not the sequel to The Starter Wife. Once I got over that I found that this was an enjoyable, fluffy, beach-read kind of book. The characters weren't very deep and soemtimes I felt a little lost in the story but still, not a waste of time. "

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About the Author
Author Gigi Levangie Grazer

Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of many novels, including the New York Times bestseller, The Starter Wife, which was adapted into an Emmy–winning series. Also an acclaimed screenwriter, she has contributed to several popular movies, including Stepmom, starring Susan Sarandon. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour. She lives in Los Angeles with her children.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.