Hilma Wolitzer has created an endearing main character in Edward, the 62-year old widower. I especially like her frank treatment of his feelings, towards friends and family, following the death of his wife. As someone the same age as Edward, I have watched friends lose a life partner, and have struggled to understand their feelings and reactions. Ms. Wolitzer's portrayal is insightful and poignant. The characters are fully developed, flawed and realistic. Highly recommend this book.
This book resonates with me, probably because the author and I are about the same age, and share a lot of common threads. Quindlen's writing is entertaining and still heartfelt. In this book she's reflective and honest, as she approaches her 60's.
I got this book a few months ago from the Early Reviewer service. The title didn't grab me so I kept putting off reading it. Finally when I didn't have another book to pick up, I started this one. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very interesting slice of life from the author's perspective. I especially like the chapter about meeting Lynette Squeaky Fromm. The details are great, and the writing style is very readable and entertaining.
I'm a real fan of Antonya Nelson, having first discovered her through a short story published in The New Yorker. I haven't read any reviews of this book yet so I'm not sure how it's been received. I'm not enjoying it as much as some of her other titles, The relationships don't feel real; I find most of them preposterous. Despite that, I wanted to know what Catherine's decision is about her godchild. And I like Oliver in spite of his self-centeredness.
This book took me by surprise...I did not expect to be captured by these characters. Some seemed too eccentric to be real, but as the story unfolded and we saw more of life on the inside of an academic writing community, I found the characters believable. Some were likable and warm; Roman was self-centered and selfish. But I loved the secrets revealed as the story unfolded about the convoluted relationships. The writing is lovely.