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The After Wife

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,699 ratings  ·  318 reviews
Gigi Levangie Grazer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Starter Wife, returns with a hilarious and spirited tale of love—both lost and found.

L.A. 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published May 29th 2012)
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When I saw this book on the library shelf, I thought, "Pass it up, you didn't really enjoy the writing in 'The Starter Wife.". Should have listened to my instincts. The book certainly wasn't unreadable - I did make it to the end, even though it was as predictable as can be.

My issue with Levangie Grazer is her contstant sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek, "Everyone in L.A. Is so self-absorbed, it is so craaaazy," commentary. She can't even write about a trip to the yoga studio without a perpetual pitter-
Virginia Campbell
"The After Wife", by Gigi Levangie Grazer, took me outside of my reading box in an enjoyable manner. I believe that everyone has a right to grieve in their own way, and each of us moves on with our lives in our own time. Sometimes you have to face your biggest fears in order to poke holes in them, and then you can really learn to live. Hannah Bernal is a happily-married forty-something mom to a three-year-old girl. Life in L.A. is good for Hannah and her happy house-husband, John, a chef and coo ...more
Oddly, I seem to be on a kick with reading books about women losing their husbands, perhaps because secretly I'm curious about what people have found to be the most intimate part of their relationship -- the part that they miss about someone when that person is gone. So given the subject matter of this book, I was a little taken aback by the flippant manner in which the subject of death and grief is portrayed. And as a fellow Angeleno (granted, from a more middle-class, more ethnic part of town. ...more
I read other reviews of this book, and people complained about the heroine's "flippant" tone after the death of her husband. I think Gigi Levangie Grazer is one of the funniest authors out there. The tough thing about humor is that most people find the same things tragic, but people's sense of humor differs widely. I thought the book was excellent in portraying the heroine's grief. She sometimes was humorous, but at other times she could barely cope. The scenes with her three-year-old daughter w ...more
Wow! Anyone who has a friend who has been widowed young should read this book. While overall it is a campy, fun story, the author really did her homework and totally nailed what life is like after the loss of your partner (well, except the part about seeing dead people-that's the campy, fun part).

Hannah is a happily married 44-year-old wife and mother. And then on a typical Saturday morning, her husband, John, heads out on his bicycle to the Farmer's Market and is killed when struck by a car. Th
Reminds me why I don't read chic lit. Too self-aware and not remotely insightful.
This had the potential to be a four star, but I was slightly disappointed in the second half of the book. It started out strong, reminding me of Good Grief, with a great description of a young woman experiencing the unexpected death of her husband. I totally was feeling it. Not being married, I can't say how realistic the description of the marriage and loss was, I loved that he seemed like a real person with faults and all. As the book moves through the next few months, Hannah begins to see and ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

Hannah, a producer of reality shows, is married to the love of her life and when he is killed while riding his bike, her world crumbles. Her "grief team" surrounds her with love and tries to get her back on track to keep her and her young daughter from despair and becoming homeless. Jay, her multi talented, gay, producing partner is always there for her and makes sure Ellie, is always dressed in style. Aimee, is the quintessential LA actress, but with a heart and ma
I was looking for a California book to listen to while I was driving in California, so I picked this up - but it was too California for me, too southern CA to be specific. Since I have already given up on two books this year, I thought I would stick it out and see what the author had to say. Hannah works in the reality TV industry, but when her wonderful husband John is killed in a car accident and leaves her with 3 year old daughter Ellie, she loses it. Understandable after such a devastating l ...more
Susan Wilinski
I did not like Grazer's most recent book. While I love reading about LA/Santa Monica, I found a lot of what was written hard to believe, and I am not referring to the medium plot points. I found it unrealistic that a woman would go as long as Hannah did without telling her daughter that her father has died. Hannah becoming a medium as soon as her husband died was beyond my suspension of belief. I felt that Grazer bounced around from character to character without fully fleshing out anyone and I ...more
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I found this book hard to read....that is why it took me a long time to get through it....I would get bored with it and put it down and then pick it up only to get lost as to where the story was.

On the upside I enjoyed the "support" group of friends that she had....but I felt they were too much in the picture of her grief....somewhat exaggerated.

If you want a book that takes not much thought than this is the one for you. I do appreciate though the opportunity to read it.
I thought it was funny and cute. The plot was kooky but I just liked it and I found it entertaining. The book opens up and we have what I see as a good life. There is a wife, Hannah, and a husband, John. There is a little girl, Ellie. (I love that name and not just because it's one of my nicknames.) Then there are the best friends. Chloe is the weird organic earth mother. Aimee is the actress, nuff said. Then there is Jay the protective and wonderful gay best friend. Everything changes in an ins ...more
Jenny Faith
I didn't know this book had ghosts. Personally, I don't usually read books that have ghosts. A little of ghost stuff in the story is pretty okay for me but not if it is the main part of the story.

The first mention of a ghost in the story was only after I've listened to a few chapters of the audio book already. By then, I've already liked the voice of the narrator, the pretty humorous and fun writing, the female protagonist, the story I've listened till then, etc. Therefore, I listened on.

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Surprisingly good and heartwarming. I laughed out loud at parts and then felt great empathy for the main character.
This book is especially enjoyable if you know LA, specifically the west side and Santa Monica.
Alberta Simon
I loved this book!! It'll make you smile, cry, laugh out loud, make you sad, make you happy... Never would I have thought I'd have so much fun reading about a wife's "After" .......
The reviews I read on this book were very mixed. I was skeptical but decided to give it a try. It is a very quirky story with even quirkier characters all set in L.A. I don't know exactly what the culture is in LA as I've never lived there or even been there, but they all seem very self-centered and have troubles of their own. The heroine, if you will, of this story is a young widow who has completely fallen apart after the untimely death of her husband. It takes her months, literally, to get a ...more
Admittedly I'm not going to read this. I got to page 30 and decided life is too short to read books like this. Angelina Jolie look-a-likes, 5 inch heels, sterotypical gay best friends who continually say "You go girl!" and when people in this book are 'broke' they still have luxury items. I flicked towards the end to see if it got better and there was a 'vegan' who decided to eat meat because she was kissed by a good looking man, and the gay best friend turning into bridezilla. It's tiresomely f ...more
This story had such sad circumstances, but at the same time was a fun crazy read with some very interesting characters. It most definitely tugs at your heartstrings, especially how they loved each other so deeply and shows how a horrible loss can effect a family. With some wonderful crazy friends, some friendly and perhaps some not so nice visitors how you can never forget, but you can continue to live, love, and laugh for yourself and those who are left behind. This was such a wonderful, sad, s ...more
Hannah and John Bernal lived happily in their North Santa Monica bungalow with their three-year-old daughter Ellie. The home they have dubbed Casa Sugar.

Hannah, and her TV producer partner and gay best friend Jay, had a great working life.

But then John was struck by a hit-and-run driver on a September morning and everything changed. Widowhood did not suit Hannah, but as she contemplated what lay ahead in her life, sitting in her backyard under the avocado tree, she meets Trish. A departed Trish,
Darcie Czajkowski
Hannah Bernal is in love. With her husband. Her daughter. Her friends. Her life.
So why did her husband have to go and die?
That is what Hannah thinks when her husband, John, pedals off one morning to the farmer’s market and never returns. Hit by a car. Gone in an instant.
Depression befalls Hannah.
No, that is not accurate. Hannah is deeply, wholly, down-to-the-bone entrenched in grief. She never deserved John. Or at least that’s what she believes, particularly when she compares her average looks t
Paula  Phillips
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. ...more
This book was surely a surprise. I read her first book, The Starter Wife and loved the story and all of the Hollywood insider tidbits and jokes. The resulting mini-series was disappointing, but I have come to expect that from book adaptations.

In The After Wife, Hannah Marsh, a reality television show producer finds her world altered when her husband dies suddenly. Left to pick up the pieces and raise her daughter, her hilarious friends rally around her for support. While she tries to hold on to
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As soon as I finished this book, I started missing the characters. I had not realized that I had invested so much into their lives, laughter and disappointments.

There is very little in their world that I would call real, there is nothing practical or logical within this group of friends, but what they do have is each other. For better or for worse, they are there to bring Hannah Bernal and her daughter Ellie through the worst time of their lives.

No one could be more in love with their husband t
This is my first Gigi Levangie Grazer novel. Thank you for sending it to me. The After Wife is her most recent novel.

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Hannah Bernal loves life, loves her husband, and their daughter. One morning John leaves to run an errand but does not come back. Hannah is in shock and immediately calls the Grief Team. They are her friends which consist of her superior Jay, Chloe the blogger, and Aimee the middle aged actress. They are always at her side ready to offer advice and drama.
Gigi Levangie Grazer is an author with quite a few novels to her name, as well as a successful TV show and movie (I think), but I’ve never tried any of her novels. I did attempt to read Fairytale Ending (also published as Queen Takes King) but it did not appeal to me in the slightest. I couldn’t get into it at all and didn’t make it past the first chapte.r When I saw her new novel, The After Wife, on NetGalley, and read the synopsis, I was intrigued. I love novels that deal with the afterlife in ...more
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The After Wife is a surprisingly hilarious, poignant yet uplifting read which I really enjoyed. Despite dealing sensitively with the serious themes of grief, loss and healing, Grazer keeps the tone light and I loved Grazer's sense of humour, wry and ridiculous in turn.

Hannah is a sympathetic and likeable protagonist, her grief at losing her husband so suddenly is overwhelming and she struggles to deal with her pain. Mired in self pity, she asks 'Why?' and receives an answer from an unexpected s
Maureen Ann
I want to call this book a light summer read, but that is so not an appropriate description of the story. How can the loss of a spouse ever make for a light read? THe problem is that the rest of this book is designed to be a light, breezy read that the main plotline just seems totally misplaced.

When Hannah, the main character, loses her husband, it is an utter shock. Hannah is a grown woman who has maintained life as a single adult, met the man of her dreams, started a family and had a very succ
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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ARC/Chicklit: I liked this book so much that when I finished, I felt like I just said good-bye to some friends.
The beginning of the book is hard to read because it is "gallows humor" and our heroine, Hannah, is very depressing.
Hannah is shocked & awed when her perfect house-husband, John, is killed in a hit & run. Without her other half, Hannah is a mess. A career woman, she now has to be a mother, bring home the bacon, and pay the property tax. After weeks of not combing her hair, the
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Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is a coauthor of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachsund.
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