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
- 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
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
Dags pirms gada aviokatastrofā ir zaudējis savu sievu, viņam ir palikusi mantojumā māja un padēls pusaudzis. Un daudz sēru, kuras viņš pārsvarā slīcina v ...more
29 year old Doug Parker was barely getting his life together when his wife Hailey passed away. Now she’s gone – and so is he. It’s been over a year and he is barely functioning. He rarely leaves the house and avoids any interaction with his family (including his stepson who was also left behind when Hailey died). The only thing he’s managed to do is morph his monthly magazine column from a “how to …” regarding celebrities to a “how to talk to a widower”. Doug’s twin sister, Clair, decid ...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
Que surpresa deliciosa!
Um "lad lit" super bem escrito, original e com uma família disfuncional tão amorosa!
Já conhecia o Jonathan Tropper do "This is where I leave you" e este não ficou atrás.
Quero ler mais!
"I had a wife. Her name is Hailey. Now she's gone and so am I."
These li ...more
The part that kills me is Tropper is a great author-- poignant, funny, 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
Sabe quando você se identifica com o narrador, gosta dos personagens e das relações entre eles, se interessa pelo drama proposto e consome uma história em poucos dias? Então...
Em Como Falar Com Um Viúvo, Tropper mostra o motivo de ser considerado por muitos o rei do lad-lit. Com um pano de fundo dramático, ele cria situações hilárias e desperta emoções conflitantes no leitor.
Juro que eu ia do céu ao inferno durante a leitura!
Um romance emocionante, com u ...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
I HAD A WIFE. HER NAME WAS HAILEY. NOW SHE'S GONE. And so am I
The story of Doug, a 29 year old widower who loses his considerably older wife of 2 years, to a plane crash. Even after a year he has not come to terms with his loss, and day after day he reminisces over their short life together, and tries to pull himself together.
And this is described with scathing humor and sarcasm directed at self, while he is on a futile attempt ...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
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
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 Parker ...more
I Love this author!!! I have read 2 books from him. This book and This is where I leave you and both books were fantastic. Jonathan Trooper takes serious subjects and knows how make a great read from it. He is so funny in his writing he makes me laugh out loud. Definitely a 5 star book!!!