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The widow's guide to sex and dating: a novel

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A deliciously smart and funny debut novel about loss, libido...and true love

A decade ago, Claire Byrne, now thirty-two, put her biggest career aspirations and deepest personal desires on hold when she became the wife of Charlie Byrne, the famous sexologist and man about town. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is charming yet pompous, supportive yet unfaithful, a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist. When Charlie is killed one day, in an absurd sidewalk collision with a falling sculpture (a Giacometti, no less ), his death turns Claire's world upside down. She misses Charlie. She needs to reinvent herself. As unseemly as it may be to admit it, she longs to lose her "widow's virginity." And she wants love.

Over the course of a year, Claire eats too little and drinks too much. She sees first-and second-opinion shrinks, the Village griot, a psychic, and a "botanomanist." She dates a billionaire, a journalist, a hockey player, and even Jack Huxley--the movie star.

And, as Claire moves on from Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize she's been given a second chance to live the meaningful and passionate life that passed her by once before.

Listeners of Carole Radziwill's debut memoir, the lauded and New York Times bestselling What Remains , know well that she has a particular talent for writing about friendship, loss, and love. And listeners of The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating will discover that those gifts extend delightfully and tenderly to the literary screwball comedy. In spinning Claire's story, Radziwill limns a world where glamorous movie stars fall for brainy working girls and where true friends must be leaned on until true love arrives, and she reports back with a novel that is as romantic as it is funny and wise.

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Full title widow s guide to sex and dating
Author radziwill carole
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Last Update 2018-05-26 23:36:46PM
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display_description "A 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. 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. Claire's life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture... a Giacometti, no less! Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before--maybe even, possibly, love. "--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Humorous stories, American, Love stories, American, Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction, Widows -- Fiction
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