March Madness We Love Reading Week continues! Our friends are Random House are treating you with previews of amazing new books and by giving you lucky readers 5 books per day.
Today Random House will giveaway 5 copies of The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Granzer. Just leave a comment here to be entered to win one of five copies (U.S. entries only please. Giveaway terms are here.) This book doesn’t come out until July 10th, so 5 of you will be lucky to read it early.
I loved The Starter Wife by this author, so I had high hopes when diving into The After Wife; I was not disappointed! The After Wife is the story of Hannah Bernal, a 44- year- old widow with a three year old daughter. Hannah has to navigate grief in Los Angeles, a city not known for negativity, while burying her husband and managing her daughter’s grief. While the subject matter is sad, Grazer’s writing style throws irony and humor in so you actually feel hopeful for Hannah.
“Hi, my name is Hannah..and I’m a widow.” the book begins. “Being a widow in Los Angeles is not as easy as it sounds. “A dead ‘civilian’ is as unpopular here as crow’s feet and fat kids.”
Hannah’s grief team, led by her wonderful gay friend Jay, helps her navigate life as a widow. First, Jay dresses her to be Elizabeth Taylor at Mike Todd’s funeral- veil and all. Then, Jay attributes the fine attendance at the funeral to Facebook. “…as though Facebook were the explanation for everything.” Chloe, her tree-hugging yoga friend, wants to make her Grief Tea.
“Yoga studios in Snta Monica are like hookers in Las Vegas- there are ten on every corner.”
Finally, Hannah is convinced that she needs help with childcare so in Los Angeles fashion, she hires a manny (a male nanny) to which Jay says, “Look at what Hannah brought us. It’s not even Christnukkah.” I love the Jay character in this book!
Hannah begins to see dead people wherever she goes, including her late husband to which she thinks, “Love isn’t buried with the dead.”
I love when Hannah finally joins a Grief Group only to discover that Widowed Partners is a group for Lesbians who lost a partner.
The After Wife is a wonderful book which brings forth a full range of emotions. A great summer read which you, lucky readers, can win now! Just leave a comment here for a chance to win one of 5 copies.
Random House provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Random House will send the five giveaway books directly to the winners. Giveaway terms are here.
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