How to Talk to a Widower
The part that kills me is Tropper is a great author-- poignant, funny, and...more
Thinking this would be a read that wouldn't crush my (hopefully) growing intellect, I found in so many ways it was and so many ways it wasn't. While the book is well written with sarcasm and ::gasp:: (side note: why do to two colons on both sides of the word gasp "denote" the word? I f...more
And while much of Doug's world is defined by his depression and anger over losing Hayley, it's not the only thing going on his life. His twin sister Clair is pregnant and leaving her husband, his father suffered a stroke and has good and bad days and his younger sister met her fiancee at the shiva for Hayley. And...more
He makes me laugh out loud, and I love his dialogue:
“We don’t have twin telepathy.”
“Of course we do, it’s just subtle, like...flesh-colored nail po...more
A fan of Nick Hornby's work I was curious to pick up another male authors book that fits the "women's fiction" category. The story is about a young widower who has to deal with a step-son and family that is more than a little odd.
Jonathan Tropper writes in a such a lively manner and in scenes that were so vivid I could easily see this on the big screen.
Doug is in his 20's and marries a women about 11 years older than he is (her name is Hailey, spelled the same as my daughter) with a teenage son. She dies about 2 years into their marriage. The story is mainly the year after his wife's death. Doug's relationship with his teenage step-son, pregnant twin sister whose life is coming undone, anot...more
I have fallen in love with each of the characters. I would not recommend this book to you if you despise romantic sniveling, complete honesty, stories of people who are c...more
It didn't take me long to discover the irony of my choice -- Tropper's an American author painting a picture of family li...more
Now that I've addressed the flaws of the audio version, I can focus on the story itself. I don't think I'm being in...more
So. About the suburbs. "The men I met in Hailey's circle we...more
How to Talk to a Widower was equal parts hilarious, sentimental and touching. I loved it all, laughing out loud frequently during Doug's escapades, and grew emotional during his memories and depiction of life without his wife.
I couldn't wait to see how he'd extract himself out of situations and was routing for him to pull his life together as the story moved along at a rapid pace. I was absorbed after a few short pages and whipped through this novel in a few d...more
Doug Parker is only 29 but his 38 year old wife died a year ago. He has been self medicating to get through things but this has not been easy with a very well drawn extended family inclduing...
Russ - His 17 year old step son who has a wickedly cynically outlook and is suffering as much as doug.
His father -...more
It took me a couple chapters to get into it and I'm glad I stuck with it.
I enjoyed the writing style ... most of the time it was funny and sarcastic. It's almost like Doug was talking to me. As I was reading this, I could imagine it being made into a movie.
I felt bad for Doug. He was widowed before he was 30. He thought he had found "the one" in Hailey (who was more than ten years older than him) and would spend the rest of his life with her. But when she is killed in a plane crash, his life is...more
'When Doug Parker married Hailey - beautiful, smart and ten years older - he left his carefree Manhattan life behind to live with her and her teenage son, Russ, in the suburbs. Three years later, Hailey has been dead for a year, and Doug, a widower at 29, just wants to drown himself in self-pity and Jack Daniels. But his family has other ideas...Russ is furious with Doug for not adopting him after Hailey died, and has fallen in with a bad crowd. Claire, Doug's irre...more
It’s hard to put the book into a specific genre. On the one hand it’s a romantic-comedy, but with a very bleak beginning. Before Doug’s restorative journey the book deals with his dark depression following the death of his wife, Hailey. It is a sad beginning; but infused with Tropper’s laugh-out-loud humor that takes a speculative look at grief and the funny side of mourning.
Doug has to fight-off the advancements of suburban housewives in the wake of Hailey’s death...more
This is a bit of an odd one. It turned up on my recommendations at Amazon; and I noticed it since Amazon's recommendations are usually along the lines of "You've read a book by Margaret Forster, why not read another one?" which is the kind of conclusion I can come to by myself without the aid of a piece of software that's swallowed the reading habits of half the western world and ought to be able to spit out something more surprising. I spotted it on the library shelf and took it home, and by th...more
During the summer, I read This Is Where I Leave You. I really enjoyed it. It was a great comic novel, good dialect, good progression, a lot of heart. I even talked about how Tropper...more