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Book Review: ‘The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating’ by Carole Radziwill

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The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating is a comedy about a widowed young New Yorker who wants to recapture the type of love she never had. Perhaps it’s an okay goal, but does she achieve it?Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

Claire is a glamorous 34-year-old lady from Manhattan. She is the wife of a famous, older man. Charlie, if you can believe it, is a renowned sexologist and writer — strange combination huh? Charlie is pompous yet stunningly charming; he is also supportive but unfaithful which isn’t completely surprising. Charlie acts as if sex and love cannot coexist for long. What seems even ruder, he does little to hide his affairs. Claire was always still devoted to Charlie, regardless of his behavior. Then one day, he is struck dead by a falling sculpture.

Claire always had an urge to become a writer, and at one point in her life she was a very good and successful one. But she buried her ambitions and focused on Charlie. After Charlie died, she was able to take time to become who she was truly meant to be. But she has a lot of hang-ups and needs to seek the advice of a shrink. Then she starts dating many different men. She still grieves for Charlie, but she is hopeful that she will find something that she has always been searching. Who knows, she may even find love.

This novel is for women who feel trapped in difficult marriages, and women who have been widowed. It is never too late for women to find their identities. All they have to do is dig a bit and go on a journey of self-discovery.

I found this novel very inspiring and invigorating. There were places where the book was also sad, but it was definitely a page turner.

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