Saturday-night Widows

Saturday-night Widows

The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780385360913
0385360916
9780385360937
0385360932
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Ann Marie

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Librarian_Deb Jun 12, 2017

The author was widowed young and found herself not fitting it with the traditional sort of widows group. She got tired of being handed information about the stages of grief and decided to branch out and form her own kind of support group. She wanted the focus of the group to be on living and trying new experiences. So she started asking around and meeting with potential members. That leads to the first meeting of the "Saturday Night Widows" - a meeting where she is fraught with anxiety about how the whole project is going to go. However after some initial awkwardness, the group begins to become just what she had believed it would be - a place for women to shed their "widow's weeds" and encourage one another as they face life solo. This book is a chronicle of their first year, and I felt truly privileged to hear the remarkable stories of these women and how they tackled overcoming the enormous losses in their lives. I felt like I learned a bit about life and grieving from their experiences, as I laughed, cried, and ruminated over what it means to take the best pieces of the past forward into the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and most especially those who have struggled with a great loss.

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JudithE
Sep 14, 2013

Remarkably wise on surviving the death of a husband, not immediately, but a bit later in the process. I recommend it.

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