An Available Man: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him. The problem is that Edward doesn't feel available. He's still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee's memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating ("dating after death," as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it's least expected. With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age. Most of all, the novel celebrates the endurance of love, and its thrilling capacity to bloom anew.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781609987510
9781611733594
9780792784777
9780792784548
9780345527561
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 9255956b-263c-bfe9-9ac7-dbebdd8fa94d
Grouping Title available man
Grouping Author wolitzer hilma
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-10-20 22:50:07PM
Last Indexed 2019-10-19 23:54:28PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Sullivan, Fred.
author Wolitzer, Hilma.
author2-role AudioGO (Firm).
Findaway World, LLC.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Sullivan, Fred.
author_display Wolitzer, Hilma
available_at_catalog Bellevue
Bellevue Kids
Green Hills
Green Hills Kids
Southeast
collection_catalog Audiobook
Large Print
detailed_location_catalog Bellevue - Adult Audiobook
Green Hills - Adult Audiobook
Green Hills - Adult Large Print
Southeast - Adult Audiobook
display_description In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him.
The problem is that Edward doesn't feel available. He's still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee's memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating ("dating after death," as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it's least expected.
With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age. Most of all, the novel celebrates the endurance of love, and its thrilling capacity to bloom anew.
Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.

"Funny, wise and touching."—The Washington Post

"Wonderful . . . [Hilma] Wolitzer's vision of the world, for all its sorrow, is often hilarious and always compassionate."—The New York Times Book Review

"Smart and poignant, An Available Man explores some universal truths—that the past is never past, life is for the living, and dating is really, really hard."—O: The Oprah Magazine

"Charming . . . Wolitzer is a champ at the closely observed, droll novel of manners."—NPR

"[Hilma Wolitzer is an] American literary treasure."—The Boston Globe

"A deeply satisfying story of love lost and found."—Bookreporter
format_catalog CD audio book
Large Print
Playaway
eAudiobook
eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books
Books
eBook
id 9255956b-263c-bfe9-9ac7-dbebdd8fa94d
isbn 9780345527561
9780792784548
9780792784777
9781609987510
9781611733594
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:CARL0000391371 35192042571277 Green Hills - Adult Large Print Fiction Wolitze Large Type 1 false false On Shelf GH
overdrive:72616d52-b5a4-4550-be5c-a9852fc9cac6 -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eBook eBook 1 false true OverDrive Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read Available Online
overdrive:a352d786-745a-4259-8121-bd4a952ab87b -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eAudiobook Audio Books 2 false true OverDrive OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen Available Online
ils:CARL0000389368 35192042497614 Bellevue - Adult Audiobook PLAYAWAY Fiction Wolitze 1 false false On Shelf BL
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410666 Bellevue - Adult Audiobook CD AUDIO Fiction Wolitze 1 false false On Shelf BL
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410716 Green Hills - Adult Audiobook CD AUDIO Fiction Wolitze 1 false false Checked Out GH
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410708 Southeast - Adult Audiobook CD AUDIO Fiction Wolitze 1 false false On Shelf SE
itype_catalog
CD audio book
Large Print Book
Playaway
last_indexed 2019-10-20T04:54:28.663Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog CD AUDIO Fiction Wolitze
Fiction Wolitze Large Type
PLAYAWAY Fiction Wolitze
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Bellevue
Bellevue Kids
Green Hills
Green Hills Kids
Southeast
primary_isbn 9781609987510
publishDate 2012
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:CARL0000391371 Large Print Books English Center Point Pub., 2012. 335 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
overdrive:72616d52-b5a4-4550-be5c-a9852fc9cac6 eBook eBook English Random House Publishing Group 2012
overdrive:a352d786-745a-4259-8121-bd4a952ab87b eAudiobook Audio Books English Blackstone Publishing 2012
ils:CARL0000389368 Playaway Audio Books Unabridged. English Playaway Digital Audio ; [2012], p2012. 1 sound media player (7 hr., 47 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ils:CARL0000386542 CD audio book Audio Books Unabridged. English AudioGO, p2012. 7 sound discs (7 hr., 47 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000391371 35192042571277 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
overdrive:72616d52-b5a4-4550-be5c-a9852fc9cac6 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
overdrive:a352d786-745a-4259-8121-bd4a952ab87b -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000389368 35192042497614 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410666 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410716 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000386542 35192042410708 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Audiobooks
Large type books
Love stories, American
Older people -- Fiction
Widowers -- Fiction
title_display An Available Man
title_full An Available Man A Novel
An available man [sound recording] : a novel / Hilma Wolitzer
An available man [text (large print)] / Hilma Wolitzer
title_short An Available Man
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Audiobooks
Fiction
Large type books
Literature
Love stories, American
Older people
Romance
Widowers