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Widows' Adventures
     

Widows' Adventures

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by Charles Dickinson
 

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Philadelphia Inquirer
The Widows’ Adventures is full of wit . . . Dickinson displays all the marks of a great writer.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“That most wonderful and increasingly rare sort of novel written by an author who loves his characters beyond measure.”
Washington Post
“Amusing and touching . . . in the best sense of the word, an entertainment.”
New York Times
“Quirky freshness . . . an original novel . . . a writer of uncommon interest.”
Los Angeles Times
“Dickinson works magic in this painful, hilarious adventure. . . . His characters glow with passions, bright blue and dangerous, that jump back and forth between them like arcing electricity. . . . He makes their journey not only captivating, but entirely plausible.”
Chicago Tribune
“Marvelous characters.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dickinson depicts recently widowed elderly sisters Ina and Helene, who resolve to leave their suburban Chicago neighborhood behind, master their fear of loneliness and drive to Los Angeles; only Helene knows how to drive, and she is blind. ``Dickinson offers a tightly constructed, highly deliberate narrative. . . . His accumulated insights, and the rhythm at which he reveals them, will linger and leave a lasting impression,'' commented PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Helene is blind and diabetic; Ina likes to drink beer. Catalyzed by sudden acts of violence in their neighborhoods andfueled by their desire to free themselves, the two widowed sisters set off on a road trip to California, where Ina's grown children live. The women, of course, learn much about their families, themselves, and their worlds as they travel. Surprisingly, Dickinson's slightly stilted narrative beginning grows increasingly more human, and in turn more gripping, as the pair drives further west. The characterization develops fully just soon enough to hook the reader, who may find this novel a refreshing change, as it examines the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of two endearing but not perfect older women.-- Jean Keleher, Wally Findlay Galleries Lib., Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380708475
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/09/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
895,372
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.92(d)

What People are Saying About This

Barbara Kingsolver
That most wonderful and increasingly rare sort of novel written by an author who loves his characters beyond measure.

Meet the Author

With seven highly acclaimed books to his credit, Charles Dickinson takes American fiction back to the complexity of modern life and love with his characteristically incisive irony and humor. Critics have compared him to such masters as Margaret Atwood, Ann Tyler, Michael Crichton and Raymond Carver.

His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and The Atlantic, among others, and two stories, "Risk" and "Child in the Leaves," were included in O. Henry collections. He has received generous praise for his novels, Waltz in Marathon, Crows, The Widows’ Adventures, Rumor Has It, A Shortcut in Time, and its sequel, A Family in Time, and his collection of stories, With or Without.

Born in Detroit, Dickinson lives near Chicago with his wife.

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The Widows' Adventures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book .you will laugh so hard while reading it. Than you will be sad angry. And shocked. The ending is unexpected and great. You will not be disapointrd .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!