Good Grief

Good Grief

by Lolly Winston
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Good Grief by Lolly Winston

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, house...and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she's involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can't cope with-yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446694841
Publisher: Warner Books (NY)
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 573,550
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A former copywriter and PR exec turned writer (her first foray into freelance journalism was as a stringer for Automotive News), Lolly Winston has found her niche as a novelist with Good Grief -- "one of the best first novels I have ever read," according to fellow fiction writer Anne Rivers Siddons.


Northern California

Date of Birth:

November 15, 1961

Place of Birth:

Hartford, Connecticut


Simon¿s Rock Early College, 1977-79; B.A., Bard College, 1981; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1987

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Good Grief 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
summerwine More than 1 year ago
Great summer read. This story brings you along the path of recovery after the loss of a loved one. It is also a journey of self-discovery and new beginnings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel Good Grief is all about Sophie Stanton who became a widow after her husband Ethan to cancer. She has to deal with the loss and cope with all the grief it brings her. After being in denial for a few months , she decides that she needs to pull things together and have a fresh start. Sophie sells her house and packs up her stuff to move in with her friend Ruth. Along with moving comes a great deal of other events and life changing experiences. Sophie starts her own business, meets a man that she just might love, and makes a new best friend. All these things in her life bring her stress at times but helps make her stronger and realize that she must keep going on even after Ethan's death. Although he will forever be in her heart and the back of her mind. Its all about the ups and down in life and the struggles one may have to go through. A theme being grief, and happiness. I liked how the story was played out with all the different events you wouldn't expect, it was touching. I thought it was sad that a great amount of the stories Sophie told about Ethan were how he was so sick. I would recommend this book to others because it has a good message and may actually relate to other peoples lives. Overall it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
I liked this story, it was a good book. Not the best but also not the worst. If you need a quick read, this is good for that. This is the story of Sophie who loses her husband to cancer. She is a young woman without children (thank goodness). She now has to re-invent her life. It is a fun and funny story that is heartwarming and heartbreaking. If you are having a hard time, read this story. You will love Sophie. This is a good book, you will enjoy it. A quick read that you will enjoy.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
A great book about a recently widowed, young, woman who needs a fresh start with her life, and along the way finds friends who can do just that. The stages of grief that she goes through are real, and some just make you laugh, some just make you cry. Highly recommend.
relax1021 More than 1 year ago
I had been having a cruddy day and I needed a pick me up. I ran across this book at the store. The best book I have read in a long time. I am a widow and never thought I would laugh with a "Widow book". I highly recommend it for everyone, especially widows who are a few years out. My only negative thing about the book I thought the ending was cruddy. BUT the rest of the book was so great that it didn't matter! Enjoy the read :)
termoo More than 1 year ago
What a lovely book! Not only is Lolly Winston a brilliant wordsmith, but she's also captured the reality of grief with enough humor to keep the reader from despair. This book is filled with vibrant characters, an engaging plot and enough hope to get its readers through whatever life throws at them. There's wry humor, genuine romance, a gritty main character, quirky sub-characters, fun locations and a bakery scene that is movie-ready. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a simple read written with deep complexity and thought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most delightful books in years. It is funny, sad, outrageous, hilarious and unforgetable. It is the way she handles grief that sticks in your heart and mind. A great read and a great writer. I loved it!
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Sophie Stanton has just become a widow at the young age of 36 years old. Her beloved Ethan succumbed to cancer and she is at a loss. They only had a few years together and she becomes unhinged. She knows that she needs help when she shows up to work in her housecoat after taking anti-depressants. Fortunately, she has a good friend Ruth who is raising her young daughter alone and invites Sophie to come and help her out up in Oregon. Sophie leaves San Jose, California and moves to Ashland, Oregon. She eventually moves out on her own and starts to build a new life for herself. A young wayward teen Crystal comes into her life along with a handsome actor named Drew. What will become of the new Sophie? Will she find her bearings? Can Sophie help the troubled Crystal? Will Sophie be brave enough to try love again? Pick up this New York Times Bestseller and find out. It will keep you reading to see how things pan out!
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aimlyss More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Very relatable! Looking for a sequel ..... to follow Sophie and Crystal!
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maximunridelover23 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Highly reccommend!
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pretty_inpink03 More than 1 year ago
this book made me laugh and was a wonderful story that draws you in and you never wanna leave...great great book!!
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