December 29, 2009

The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie: Review

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What do you with a dead husband's ghost? (♫♪ Early in the morning ♫♪) Sorry. The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie is a serious book so let's get serious. Ahem.

Sarah's husband David has joined the ranks of the dead (supposedly) after he drowned in the river. The problem is they never found his body. So Sarah is a little freaked out when she sees him in all his technicolor glory at the grocery store.

Her friends tell her this is normal. A woman grieving her husband is apt to think she sees him everywhere. But Sarah isn't all that sad about his death. Their marriage had been heading down the torlet for years. In fact, Sarah feels rather free.

Then David shows up with a plausible story for his disappearance and Sarah is in a quandary. Is David alive? Is he a ghost? A figment of her guilt ridden imagination? If he is alive, he's put her in quite the legal predicament.

The Widow's Season is a good book club book. There's is a lot of fodder for discussion: marriage, self-fulfillment, death. Fun stuff.

Sarah is a believable character which means that often she annoyed the hell out of me. She could give lessons on how to be a doormat. David has, as one character puts it, a "forceful personality" but still she is an intelligent woman. If she didn't like how things were going in her marriage, she could have stood up and said something instead of bitching about it. But no she continues to be a doormat even after his 'death'.

********Spoilerish***** (Highlight if you wish)

And then there's Nate. Nate the man-whore with the personality of a cornflake. That whole thing gave me the heeby-geebies. I'd let my brother-in-law(s) fix my car not what Nate does. Chocolate body paint? No thank you.

****End spoiler*****

I did end up enjoying The Widow's Season, even though I saw the twist at the end coming. Sarah did eventually pull up her socks and realize that she's responsible for her own happiness.

Recommended.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

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10 comments :

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  2. That sounds like a really interesting read. I didn't read the spoilery bit, so that it won't be ruined in case I manage to locate a copy any time soon.

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  3. Great review Chris. This one is on my shelves and I must get to it -- all the reviews I've read were good.

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  4. I have this on my list and hope to read it soon. I did read the spoiler but I'm also that person that reads the last page first! :-)

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  5. I really liked this book, too, and I read the spoiler part. Too funny, and I mostly agree. :)

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  6. I love this site! Thank you sooo much for all your posts!

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  7. Sounds good, but creepy. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. I liked THE WIDOW'S SEASON, too. The 'is he or isn't he' both drove me crazy (the author played mind games with the reader, which was very effective!), and kept me glued to the book.

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  9. I've been looking all over for this!

    Thanks.

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