An Available Man

An Available Man

by Hilma Wolitzer
3.8 21

Audiobook(CD - Unabridged)

$27.25 $29.95 Save 9% Current price is $27.25, Original price is $29.95. You Save 9%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer

When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well–meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird–watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee’s memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating (“dating after death,” as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it’s least expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609987510
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hilma Wolitzer is an American novelist whose novels include Ending, In the Flesh, The Doctor's Daughter and Hearts. Her daughter, Meg Wolitzer, is also a writer.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

An Available Man: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
E_M_13423 More than 1 year ago
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.
SandyHeart More than 1 year ago
Although this is fiction I found it insightful in regards to what a widower might go through. The emotional turmoil of dealing with death of a spouse, family and friends trying to "fix" him up for dating as well as his physical needs. I bought the book because my business is working with Singles and had noted that men reacted differently than woman as a result of losing a spouse. It definitely confirmed my observations that widowers have different wants and needs and must go through recovery on their own schedule, some longer some shorter and doesn't have anything to do with how much they loved their deceased spouse. Would be on my gift list for both widowers and their families.
oakvue More than 1 year ago
very apropos for the aging boomer generation ... good book for a discussion group
BookLoaner More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK !! The author did an amazing job with the story line and memorable cast of characters. The heart-wrenching story of Edward and the loss of his wife Bee was brilliantly told and was a page-turner right from the beginning. Don't miss this one; now I'll go back and read some earlier writings from this brilliant author!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book - learning to live (and date and perhaps even fall in love) after a spouse's death, from the man's point of view! Very good book. Great fiction with a very real feel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was a cute romance, but had language I didn't care for and too much focus on sex. I'd like to think there's more depth to people than focusing on what happens in the bedroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect this novel to be as good as it was. The story was interesting and the characters were fresh and real. The writing and characterization were so honest. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character Edward is very likeable. Also found his stepchildren + friends real and interesting. Will probably read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NerdLuv More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly engrossing. A lovely read, that is strangely exhilarating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wolitzer's book was a quick read due to her engaging and sweet character, who, after his wife dies, tries to find his way through grief, family dynamics and the new world he steps into of female companionship that is no longer his long time spouse. Despite the somber event, Wolitzer lets us into her character's thoughts and memories with humor and hopefulness. I really liked this book and recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amusing. Not quite what I expected.