I genuinely do not know but it often sounds like a writer defending herself. The book is another variation of the wealthy, privildeged, name-dropping, people-magazine observations of Claire, the recently widowed wife of Charlie, a noted sexologist. Mi dispiace essere stata così drastica, ma questo romanzo che dalla trama e dai commenti, nonché dalla copertina e titolo prospettava essere un buon libro mi ha lasciata con l'amaro in bocca, l'ho terminato a fatica sperando fino alla fine che qualcosa scattasse ma nulla, naturalmente ci tengo a precisare che il mio parere è puramente soggettivo, anche se può influenzare, leggetevi bene la trama, sfogliate qualche pagina quando andrete in libreria e che magari con voi non scocchi la scintilla! My main issue with the novel, and particularly main character Claire, is that despite the tragic accident that sets up the story there is very little to be found within the pages that showed she is grieving for her late husband. Not sure if her choice of Ben was a final breaking away from her dead husband or a lasting thing - but I felt there was some closure. It was funny and light hearted. It was well written and kept me interested, for the most part.
Included in that box was a copy of this book. It helps Bushnell to blurb Radziwill as much as it helps Radziwill to get a blurb from Bushnell. Rozhodně nechci tvrdit, že je to špatně napsaná kniha. What that leaves us with is mostly the heroine's interior monologue, which is perfectly fine if you have a well crafted character with interesting things to say. None of her friends seemed like particularly good friends, and were mostly pretty self-centered themselves. She sees two therapists, a psychic, and a botanomanist so that they can tell her what to do.
When she was forced to come to terms with who she was and what I gotta say I enjoyed this book. When I first heard of this novel I thought the idea behind it was great. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's 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. . 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. Radziwell is very well know, I can only assume this is the reason they have her read her own story.
This is not an actual manual for widows with step by step instructions of what's to come. I'm slightly baffled by some of the other reviews and can only think that the disappointment stems from mismanaged expectations. What remains, tsk then, is a few hundred pages of lovely noise, the sense that nothing has happened, and profound relief that you no longer have to waste the psychic energy necessary to make yourself try and care about the gossamer excuses for human beings that Radziwill maneuvers about a tissue paper New York. This is not a continuation of the author's original memoir - no one person should have more than one memoir's worth of heartbreak. He jumped up, then motioned for Claire to stand so he might measure and calculate her own ratio, her own potential for reproduction.
At 32, Claire Byrne is smart, beautiful and married to famous author and sexologist Charlie Byrne. It made me wish I had something next to me to barf into when I was finished. She lays down some rules she learns along the way, which are embedded in the book itself. Claire is an interesting character, a little snarky, and her journey through widowhood the depression, the setups with widowers forty years older rings true. Although, in her defense, the editors of these shows are probably instructed to make all the women appear as vapid as possible. I felt like the ending was very tacked on and the author clearly was advised to remind readers of all the clues that she supposedly left about who Claire would end up with. It was a quick read, and definitely strikes me as the kind of novel that would be ideal to pick up in an airport bookstore.
Maybe that's why most of this book doesn't really ring true. Anyway, the more literary references feel Googled instead of organic. A flimsy device on which to hang flimsy thoughts, and no matter how nicely Radziwill expresses those thoughts, their absolute lack of substance cannot be escaped. She narrated her own book, and. Although I agreed with her basic position regarding this whole mess on the show, this book just reinforced for me, how she feels. She should not have read this book.
Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. I will continue to indulge in Real Housewives episodes but perhaps this will be the last book I read by a Real Housewife. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens of all sizes. Claire abandoned her own work and focused on Charlie, so when he dies, she's left with little other than his unfinished book about Hollywood's sex-icon, Jack Huxley. In general I liked the book and am glad I finished it. Radziwill knows that her intellect will be called into question — as it should be, since she chooses to star in The Real Housewives of New York and, from what I saw, does not come across as a younger Joan Didion. Claire has identified with being merely Charlie's wife and although she was not ecstatically happy with that label, she was content.
I enjoyed following Claire as she attempted to live life while dispelling the stigma of being a widow. I loved the life rules embedded in the text, each one more clever than the last! I do want to say that after my initial shock see above , I am happy I read on as I enjoyed the story and did enjoy the authors style, as well. In addition to the lazy plot there are so many ill-fated attempts at humor in this book that made me roll my eyes so hard. When Charlie is killed one day, in an absurd sidewalk collision with a falling sculpture a Giacometti, no less! Tenhle kus bronzu zamává Claiřiným životem a ona je nucena se světu postavit nikoliv jako Charlieho manželka, ale jako vdova. I read this book as a fan of Carole Radziwill's writing, having previously read her other book recently.
I still love Carole and I might give another novel of her's a try. Then she meets Jack Huxley, the notoriously heterosexual movie star whom every woman wants, and has some sort of relationship with him. Her sexual and dating encounters were always over the top, but having never been a 31-year-old, h This book is dry and witty and I enjoyed it in a beach read kind of way. Verdict: Fans of authors such as Jane Green and Madeleine Wickham will enjoy this Claire's story is comedic from the first page, skipping over the stages of grief straight to 'acceptance. Nothing is off limits - including dating. Think Sex and the City in black.