The widow's guide to sex and dating

Personally I love this book..is what it promises to be - an unpretentious, funny, quirky, good read.I'm slightly baffled by some of the other reviews and can only think that the disappointment stems from mismanaged expectations.Underneath the fictional story, she also addressed what I suspect are some timeless truths of dealing with being widowed.I recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago now. Having been involved in this discussion of #Bookgate today, made me particularly sensitive to what Carole said about writing and how she feels about it.The Widow's Guide to Sex and Datingis Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer.Few things actually happen in this book -- and those that do are telegraphed so far in advance that you spend several chapters aware of and waiting (with increasing On the plus side, I think Carole Radziwill writes beautifully.Few things actually happen in this book -- and those that do are telegraphed so far in advance that you spend several chapters aware of and waiting (with increasing impatience) for the inevitable.

If you expect this book to be like the author's first work, you will be disappointed.She immediately begins to focus on getting laid for no real reason.In addition to the lazy plot there are so many ill-fated attempts at humor in this book that made me roll my eyes so hard. Exactly.) There are meetings with therapists, fortune tellers etc.For example, when the protagonist meets a very nice man and is asked what she does she says she creates sex toys. all to give us that "New Yorkers are so quirky vibe" that is oh so original.There is even a scene totally ripped off from "Sex and the City" that is an homage to "The Way We Were".On the plus side, I think Carole Radziwill writes beautifully.The way she deploys language, in and of itself, is quite lovely.Equal parts The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs.However, here that skill is used to absolutely no end.The plot, engaging and amusing at the start of the novel, quickly turns flimsy, then flimsier, then ultimately gets buried under a pile of lovely words.

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