How to Talk to a Widower
Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity—the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Dou...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
- All the women are painfully, and unbelievably beautiful
- Every character talks like they're from a snappy 90's sitcom
- the protagonist is shy and sensitive, snarky and bumbeling, lost in the 80's, has a dysfunctional family, and a father who has died or suffered a stroke
- there is much graphic objectification of women, yet somehow the protagonist is still a sensitive soul who loves women so so much
- you feel as though you've read one, you've rea...more
The part that kills me is Tropper is a great author-- poignant, funny, and...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
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
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
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
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
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.
This one reoccurring line not only serves as a mantra for Doug Parker, it also sums up the essence of How to Talk to a Widower. A year ago Doug lost his with in a plane crash and he has been grieving ever since. The people around him tend to think that it is time for him to move on, he is only twenty-nine, and he still has a whole life ahead of him. For Doug, that is not the case, his wife is gone, and so is he. On the surface this...more
That being said, t...more
Klappentext: Doug Parkers Leben könnte perfekt sein, doch dann stirbt seine Frau Hailey bei einem Unfall. Ein Jahr später klammert sich Doug immer noch an seine Trauer und den Schmerz – an alles, was ihm von der großen Liebe geblieben ist. Als wäre das nicht schlimm genug, entwickelt Haileys pubertierender Sohn aus erster Ehe eine Vorliebe für illegale Rauschmittel, während Dougs Vater langsam den Verstand verliert, seine scharfzüngige Schwester bei ihm einzieht und die Hausfrauen der Nachbarsch...more
Essentially Doug lost his wife in a plane crash. His family thinks that after 12 months he should be ‘moving on’...more
So. About the suburbs. "The men I met in Hailey's circle we...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
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