The Widowers Notebook: A Memoir Audiobook, by Jonathan Santlofer Play Audiobook Sample

The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir Audiobook

The Widowers Notebook: A Memoir Audiobook, by Jonathan Santlofer Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jonathan Santlofer Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525635215

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Longest Chapter Length:

19:49 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

09:09 minutes

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Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower's Notebook is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. "This is deeply moving ... beautifully written and modulated, with a dollop of droll, black humor. It is such an achievement, like running uphill against a strong wind."--Joyce Carol Oates On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had--writing, social engagements, and working on his art--but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years. *Includes a Bonus PDF of author drawings. If you purchased the audiobook and did not receive the bonus PDF, please contact customer service.

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“When his wife dies, a man learns to live with the vacuum of space she’s left behind…Santlofer offers a man’s perspective on emotional topics, of feeling inadequate on multiple levels, of wanting to have been a better husband and his desire to be a better father to their only daughter. He shares his coping methods through the months of mourning, the ways he filled the emptiness brought on by Joy’s absence….An expressive and poetic tribute to a wife and a marriage that died without warning.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “This is deeply moving…beautifully written and modulated, with a dollop of droll, black humor.”

    — Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author


  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

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About Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. His paintings and drawings are included in collections at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and more. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and he serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the United States.