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Good Grief

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  22,323 ratings  ·  1,229 reviews
Debut author Lolly Winton's funny and heartwarning New York Times bestseller about a young widow's struggle to rebuild her life is now in paperback
Audio Cassette, Abridged, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published 2004)
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Aug 19, 2007 Candice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candice by: Mellissa
I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head. Some of the descriptions of grief and the crazy things you think, feel, and do are absolutely spot on...but after about halfway through the book it just traipses off into la-la, fantasy land. At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it's absolu ...more
Abigail Hillinger
Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my job last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it. It chronicles Sophie's mental breakdown after she loses her husband to a cancer. Sounds very Lifetime-movie-of-the-week, I admit, but Winston managed to write something serious and make it tender and funny at the same time. I was bummed when the book went missing and kept forgetting to buy my own copy.

I finally read it and I was disappointed. Really disappointed, actually. When Soph
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I honestly have no idea
Sophie Stanton is a widow at age 36. Her husband died of cancer. This book looks at how she moves through the stages of grief.

She tries to go to support groups. She self-medicates with strong prescription drugs with disastrous results. She eats tons of food - pints of ice cream, packages of Oreos - while sitting in bed crying and watching COPS. For weeks on end.

Finally she makes a move across the country in an attempt to jar herself out of this breakdown. Her father and her stepmother take care
Rhonda Rae Baker
I loved this book! At first, I wasn't sure if I should even buy it because of the expected start of the protagonist if some karmic cycle would point that fate into my pathe. But because of the topic of grief, I thought to give it a try.

Yes, yes, and yes. I totally related to this story...the phases of grief and loss...what a person does and doesn't do can be actually extremely hilarious.

I LOL, I cried, I shouted, I rooted and cheared, I became involved with these characters as if they
Gwen Morrison
This was a fun summer read. I would recommend it only if you've got a lot of time to read because you are not going to want to put it down. It's an endearing story of a woman who is dealing with (or not dealing with) the death of her husband by eating her way through the local supermarket, wearing her slippers to work, and other very funny, yet poignant, examples of how one woman handles this incredible loss and change in her life. I warn you: You will be surprised at how much you laugh with thi ...more
Cathy Graham
I picked up this paperback not expecting too much more than some light fluff for my vacation. I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be such a good story.

It is about a woman recently widowed and how she copes with her grief and rebuilds her life. I thought the author did a good job showing her grief and how there is humour in the sadness. This author is really funny but real and I enjoyed the story despite the sad subject. I plan on sharing it with a friend who lost her husband at a yo
Read this one on audiobook, and found it totally charming. I chose it mainly because it was one of the few audiobooks in the sorry rural Arkansas library collection that I hadn't read, and my expectations were low. The evil librarian said, "That's a good book." when I checked it out. (I used to really hate people commenting on my book, video or grocery choices after I moved to Arkansas, but it's a fact of life here, and I've gotten used to it--although I still hate it when it comes from the evil ...more
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As I read this book I found myself alternately giggling or holding back tears, and nodding my head in agreement; uh huh, I've done that myself (wearing Kelly's clothes, being angry because he's not here, wanting to pull the covers over my head, etc.) The story is engaging, the author has a light touch, but it seemed almost too trivial in places,or perhaps contrived would be a better description, like the author is making sure all of the "steps of grieving" are included in the book. I wouldn't go ...more
Lois Duncan
This is an amazingly well-written book for a first novel. I was torn between giving it a 3 or a 4. On the basis of the writing, it deserves a 4. The only reason that I didn't "really, really like it" was because the subject matter, while realistically presented, was so painful. This book is about the first year of a young woman's widowhood, and by necessity the first half is about her agony, grief and depression. In the second half, she starts the healing process and develops ways to cope and mo ...more
A quick read; funny, likable protagonist but the plot is a little too pat. Devastated widow leaves old life behind. Sells house, moves to Oregon, opens a bakery, joins the Big Sister organization and finds that by helping others she helps herself - Amen. P.S. She also immediately finds a handsome, hot, helpful straight guy who wants to marry her. Maybe this should be shelved under fantasy.
I would have given this book only 3 stars if it hadn't made me laugh so much and right out loud. That alone brings it up a star in my opinion.
This is a fun easy read about a woman who had lost her hustand to cancer and follows her through the first 18 months after his death. You get to go through her grief process with her. The story is told with so much insight and humor that you fall in love with Sopie the widow. In her own words, she desperately wants to be a good widow - graceful, composed
This is a funny and heartwarming book about a young woman's fight to build a new life after the death of her husband. Sophie Stanton is in her mid thirties and loses her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow but things don't turn out that way as she is not the sterotypical type. Instead she puts away gallons of ice-cream and has major breakdowns which in turn cause her to lose her job, to say the least. Once ...more
Wei Cho
You know that time when you're too young to know better about books? Yes? Well, that happened to me when I was thirteen and my literary tastes had not yet fomented themselves. Mind you, I was already a huge Harry Potter fan. However, my opinionated parents encouraged me to try different types of books. And along came my good-humored neighbor and told my mother to read this book. It was like her salvation. My mother then tossed the book to me and said I should give it a try.

So, I started reading
This really should be a 3.5 stars.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for so long, I don’t even remember why I originally purchased it. I admit that one of the reasons I passed over this book so many times is because I figured it would be depressing, all about death/dying, or too much of a chick-lit-book, or maybe just not very interesting. Well, sure, there was a bit about death and dying, but the author finds a realistic way of looking at how people tend to deal with grief over the death of
This novel tells of a widow who struggles to regain some measure of normalcy (with varying degrees of success). I was a little peeved when she would go out to eat at restaurants and attend theatre and then complain about not having enough money, but for the most part, she's a wonderfully human character, struggling through the loss of her husband, her house, her job, and her waistline. If she were a real-life person, I'd want to meet her for coffee. This novel balances the protagonist's hardship ...more
Linda Day
Probably a 4 1/2, but then, I could change my mind. I logged in this book a few days before writing this review, and found I missed the characters, their ins and outs, the folks they met along the way so much, I upgraded !

This is a glimpse into grief, and how differently it is handled. The central character, Sophie Stanton, is widowed very young losing her husband to cancer after three years of marriage. The Parts are divided into sub-parts which are the stages of grief and how Sophie deals with
Apr 03, 2012 bookczuk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: Rebekkila
I read this book in what basically turned out to be a sick day, lolling on my couch. Normally, books about widowhood make me very nervous, because it is one of my biggest fears to think about life without javaczuk. I often tell him if he dies before me, I'll kill him. I just don't want to contemplate it at all. But at Rebekkila's urging, I read this, and found it to be in the upper end of chick lit, with some believable characters, touching not only on grief, but issues of trust, and some other ...more
This was my second time reading this book. I enjoyed it better the first time. Would give it a 3.5. Worthy read. Character loses husband to cancer & struggles through the first year of grief. Very touching & quirky insight into grief
This was a really good read, a perfect balance between deep emotions and light-heartedness. I loved how realistic the characters seemed, and I particularly loved Sophie's relationship with the young girl. The only iffy part for me was that she started a new romance within the year. Maybe its because I've been married so long... but I cannot imagine starting a new romance that quickly. Nonetheless, it was a perfect summer read that left me smiling.
I thought this was beautifully written. It was funny as well as touching. I felt sad for the character because I have seen first hand someone close to me deal with how hard it is to live after a loved one has passed on. Lovely story. I will be reading more from this author.
Dana Baze
I am currently reading this book. It was given to me right after my husband died and I couldn't bear to open it. I now can't put it down. I can't believe how much of the book feels exactly like me! I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost their husband and to their friends so they can understand what they are going through.
Loved, loved, loved this book! Highly recommend it !
Bill Johnson
Conveying a Character's Journey on the First Page of a Novel

Notes on Good Grief, by Lolly Winston

by Bill Johnson

I teach that a story creates movement and the movement transport an audience. In many of the unpublished novels I read, I'm often 40 pages into a manuscript before I have any idea of a main character's journey. In some cases, I have to read to the end of a novel to understand that journey. This puts me (and readers) in the unfortunate position of needing to keep track of all the detail
Aug 28, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Sandie
Shelves: 2011, adult-fiction
A friend recommended this book to me, and it was a worthwhile read. It covers the span of about a year and a half, beginning two months after Sophie's husband dies. She's not quite sure how to deal with it, so she quits her job, packs up her house, and moves north to live near her best friend from college in Ashland, OR. There, she starts to put her life back together, volunteers with the Big Sisters program, though which she gains an attention-starved 13-year-old "little sister", starts dating ...more
Este foi um livro que trouxe da biblioteca sem ter nenhuma referência acerca dele. Foi uma escolha totalmente ao acaso e não me arrependi.

Sophie é uma mulher que de um momento para o outro vê a doença instalar-se na sua casa e "rouba-lhe" o marido com quem está casada à três anos. Confrontada com a morte, Sophie cai no abismo da tristeza e da solidão e dá início a um dos processos mais difíceis da condição humana: o processo de luto.
O conteúdo é bastante fiel àquilo a que podemos chamar de proce
Chrissy R
I came across Good Grief a year and a half after my husband's death. At the urging of a wonderful friend to watch my then young daughters for a day, I finally took her up on her offer and found myself list in B&N wandering the aisles of books in a fog. The cover grabbed my attention quickly. It reminded me of my own pink house slippers that I had almost refused to take off except for showering and honestly I recall some days I would have showered in them and my clothes just to skip the task ...more
David Jay
I picked this book up years ago for a dollar and I'm not sure why. I think I just liked the title. I know I hated the cover graphic of a pair of bunny slippers. I didn't expect much from it, it seemed like 'chick lit does widowhood.' But I'm so glad I read it because it was just wonderful.

Sophie Stanton is a 36 year old woman who is widowed after 3 years of marriage. She completely falls apart and the story of her coming apart and subsequent healing is beautifully told. One thing that I loved ab
Lolly Winston is quickly rising to the top of my favorite writers list. This is the second of her books I've read, and while I didn't love it as much as I loved Happiness Sold Separately, I loved enough to grant it a place on my "books I'll keep" shelf.

Sophie is 36 and a widow. Her husband, Ethan, has recently succumbed to cancer, and while she wants to be an elegant and graceful widow, she instead turns into a basket case widow. She arrives at work on the day of a key meeting wearing her slippe
I’m sure a lot of us hear “Good Grief” and expect it to be followed by “Charlie Brown”, but that is not what this is about. I picked it up from the library today and read it right away.

Wonderful book, but please read armed with a box of tissues. Unexpectedly poignant. The reader connects instantly with Sophie and follow her “one step forwards, two steps back” journey out of grief and into life after tragedy. I haven’t cried so much while reading in a long time. The different ways grief impacts p
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Born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Conn., Lolly Winston holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis.

Her first novel, Good Grief, published in 2004, was a New York Times best-seller, a #1 Book Sense pick, and was translated into 15 languages. The film rights have been optioned by Universal St
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