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An Available Man: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

An Available Man is a sensitive exploration of a senior man&rsqu

An Available Man is a sensitive exploration of a senior man’s attempt to overcome grief and regain his life. I couldn't help but cheer him on. This well-written story is filled with wit and grace and also humor. Heartwarming and sentimental, I recommend this to ev...
An Available Man is a sensitive exploration of a senior man’s attempt to overcome grief and regain his life. I couldn't help but cheer him on. This well-written story is filled with wit and grace and also humor. Heartwarming and sentimental, I recommend this to everyone.

posted by E_M_13423 on April 8, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Underwhelming

I'd read praise for Hilma Wolitzer's work over the years, but "An Available Man" was a disappointment. Nothing about it--plot, characters, quality of prose--drew me in, despite the subject matter, which should have been fertile ground for an experienced novelist. While ...
I'd read praise for Hilma Wolitzer's work over the years, but "An Available Man" was a disappointment. Nothing about it--plot, characters, quality of prose--drew me in, despite the subject matter, which should have been fertile ground for an experienced novelist. While many reviewers describe Wolitzer's narrative voice as wise and infused with humor, I found none of that in a story that moved ploddingly along to its end. The book gets one star for the presence of dogs in the story.

posted by 4147161 on March 9, 2012

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    very apropos for the aging boomer generation ... good book for

    very apropos for the aging boomer generation ... good book for a discussion group

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    I agree with so much of the praise that both readers and profess

    I agree with so much of the praise that both readers and professional critics have laid on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it until it got near the end. Then I felt that the resolution was rushed and really not in keeping with Edward's nature. I don't wish to give the ending away so I won't go into detail, but it kept me from giving the book five stars. Actually, I'd give it a 3 and one-half.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. My mother died when I was 36 and my

    I really enjoyed this book. My mother died when I was 36 and my father was 66 and I thought that this was a realistic portrayal of life after an event changes your life and you are forced to go on and make a new life without the person you expected to spend the rest of your life with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Easy to Read

    Main character Edward is very likeable. Also found his stepchildren + friends real and interesting. Will probably read more by this author.

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