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Friday, March 8, 2013

An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer

An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer is about the struggles of a sixty-something man after the death of his wife. Many of his friends try unsuccessfully to set him up with friends and relatives, and his step-children get together and put an ad in the newspaper:
Science Guy. Erudite and kind, balding but handsome. Our widowed dad is the real thing for the right woman.
Jersey/Metropolitan New York
Unfortunately, most of the women who respond are not "the right woman" but each of them is a type we all recognize. His encounters are funny, tender and sad as he tries to deal with his grief and embark on carving out a new life for himself, one he would prefer to be of solitude.

I thought this was a lovely story and well written.


Carole Anne Carr said...

Sounds the sort of book I'd enjoy, Ann. Happy International Women's Day!

Daisy said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds like one I would really enjoy. Have a good weekend!

K9friend said...

I like the sounds of this one. It's now on my list!

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