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How To Talk To A Widower by [Tropper, Jonathan]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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It's a wise-cracking, darkly comic tale, yet beneath its raucous plot lies a heartfelt meditation on love and loss. (DAILY MAIL)

Well written lad-lit with a distinct American twang (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)

this is romantic and schmaltxy in the best sense... it is consistently witty, often insightful and full of strong and engaging characters. (Toby Clements Daily Telegraph)

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"It's a wise-cracking, darkly comic tale, yet beneath its raucous plot lies a heartfelt meditation on love and loss."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (28 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WJRTXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If this book is based on fiction it is simply unbelievable. The feelings one goes through after having lost ones wife/husband/friend/companion are really written as if Jonathan Tropper has experienced such a loss. I don't know if he has, but I can only recommend this book to anyone who has to continue life after death of his or her dearest. Tropper puts words to your own emotions and puts a smile on your lips.
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This is a highly entertaining book absolutely teeming with terrific one-liners. Given that its subject-matter is a man trying to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife, not to mention coping with her angry son, his ill father and generally dysfunctional family, it is difficult to see where the humour comes in - but it does and it's wonderful.

The book centres around Doug's struggle to cope after his wife dies. He feels bitter, angry, resentful and dead inside - his mantra is: "I had a wife, her name was Hailey. Now she is dead and so am I". His grief causes him to be completely self-absorbed until the needs of others force him to engage with the world again. However, do not fear - this is not an irritatingly trite account of someone who was sad for a bit but finds redemption and lives happily ever after. It is a much more 'real' story than that.

I highly recommend this book - you'll enjoy it. There are tears to be shed and laughs to be had along the way. What more could you hope for?!
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I absolutely loved this.

It's such a wonderfully written book that describes what life can be like when an event you expect to happen when you are much further on in your life suddenly hits you like a thunderbolt when you're still a young person.

Doug is a 29 year old widower and this is the story of his life 12 months after losing his wife. Andrew Tropper beautifully describes Doug's emotions - the conflict and guilt he feels not wanting to let of his life with Hailey yet knowing he must build a new future without her. His relationships with his family, friends and step-son are described with a dry wit and humour in almost every encounter.

The comparison of his own situation with his mothers is brilliantly done -Doug has lost his partner completely, his mother mourns the loss of a little piece of her husband every day. Whose situation is worse?

Like the other reviewers I thought this might be a bit high brow and a bit moralistic. But it's neither. It's just a great book about what it really means to love someone and what it feels like when you lose them - all done with a cleverly crafted comic touch
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I absolutely loved this darkly wry and clever novel. From the beginning, this book was easy to read; it was fluid and smooth and the writing was crisp and refreshing. There were so many elements that made this book work, which is why it will appeal to such a wide range of people. I loved Doug's gritty addiction to Jack Daniels and his distracted intolerance of his crazy family and errant stepson. But at the same time, I loved the heartfelt message the book was sending; the sentimental and heartbreaking scenes of emotional unrest as Doug tries to come to terms with his wife's tragic death.

This has been described as lad-lit, and while i think it fits that category well, i think females of all ages will also become addicted to this fresh and versatile novel.
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This book is terrific. Written almost like a diary, it's a frank and poignant account of one man's struggle to return to normality after his wife's death, and the lives he touches along the way. Sharp and witty, I laughed out loud in places, but found myself really moved in others. It's not a story with a bitingly original plot, instead you are invited to accompany Doug on the journey through the ups and downs of his mind.
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This was a really engaging novel. I really got caught up in Doug's emotions over Hailey and found myself totally empathising with him for his loss. I think the descriptions of loss and grief were very accute and really brings home the strength of it to the reader.

However, the book was also really funny in places. It has a rather black humour in places and a rather wry humour in places but it definitely worked well with the more serious undertone of the book. Although some of the situations that occur in the book are a bit corny and maybe a bit fantastical, its still a great book and a great read. One I would highly recommend!
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I am not a avid reader, but saw a number of positive reviews of this book, so took it with me on holiday. It was the perfect way to unwind whilst away.

Often sad, nearly always very funny and lots of family stories/situation that I am sure most could empaphise with!!!

A great relaxing, fun page turner.
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I loved this book.

It was moving, funny and sad. The writing is quite poetic in places, yet flows easily and is very readable. I thought it might be more downbeat given the subject matter, but it was really amusing in places, yet incredibly emotional in others. You could really feel Doug's pain at the loss of his wife, but could laugh with him at times.

I really recommend this book!
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