How to Talk to a Widower

How to Talk to a Widower

by Jonathan Tropper
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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

"Beautifully crafted", "Fantastically funny." "Compulsively readable." Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim—-and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta—for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of families in crisis and men behaving badly. Now the acclaimed author of The Book of Joe and Everything Changes tackles love, lust, and lost in the suburbs—in a stunning novel that is by turns heartfelt and riotously funny.

Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity—the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Clair, who's just left he husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his Grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and manically determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.

Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440336877
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/17/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 128,947
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

Jonathan Tropper is the author of Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, which was a BookSense selection, and Plan B. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. How to Talk to a Widower was optioned by Paramount Pictures, and Everything Changes and The Book of Joe are also in development as feature films.


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How to Talk to a Widower 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
ddNJ More than 1 year ago
It took a couple chapters for me to get into this book because at first I thought the main character might be too self-absorbed to care about, but boy was I wrong! The family dynamics in this book are simply sublime. I have not laughed so hard -only to seconds later sob-- over fictional characters in a long time. Jonathan Tropper writes with the boldness of a 20-something young man, but then throws in unexpected sensitivity and grace. I couldn't put this book down and when it was over, I found myself missing Doug and Russ and Doug's dad and hoping for the best for them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book -- it was both engaging and witty 'at times laugh out loud funny' while at the same time poignant and touching. The points about grief and the fear of moving on resonated true, and the family dynamics were hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being someone who was widowed at age 30, you tend to be careful about books on the subject but this book was AWESOME . . . it was funny, heartfelt and engaging. I may be biased but I LOVED the subject matter and the subjects. I immediately went out and got all of Topper's books after reading this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really have liked all of jonathan tropper's book so I picked this one up as soon as i could. it was a slow start but by the middle of the book i was very into it and couldn't put it down. alternatively funny and sad, by the end i was in tears. definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book while sitting on the floor of my neighborhood barnesandnobles. I reached page 90, and had to go on with my day so I bought the book without any hesitation. I've read one other Tropper book, but this one clearly stands out as the best. It was completely engaging. The characters were very true to life, the family dynamic was also true to life and incredibly funny. This book has a little bit of everything....humor, sadness, an anthropological view of the suburbs. One aspect of the story seemed a little far fetched to me, but I didn't even mind because I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the writing. There were a variety of points where I was awed by Tropper's use of language.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-nine years old Doug Parker cannot believe how fast life can change when his spouse Hailey dies in a plane crash. However, his grief is so great he struggles to leave their home and he writes about it in his magazine column so that many feel for him as a young widower raising a teenage stepson, Russ with big issues since his mom died. He wants to hide in his grief cocoon, but instead he becomes a media darling as everyone wants Doug on their show.------------- However, his woes turn uglier when his pregnant twin sister Claire leaves her husband and moves in with Doug and Russ. Her plan is to force her brother to move on with his life. Local females sympathize with Doug while a few want to be the one who take him out of his depression starting with the wife of his best friend, the strippers he meets, and the guidance counselor who worries about both males residing in the Parker home.------------ This is a well written character study of a young man grieving the unexpected death of his wife after just a couple years together. Doug is an interesting protagonist as he deals with issues ranging from guilt to loneliness to failing Russ, who has his own problems. The outside world wants in to his fishbowl adding more troubles to a troubled soul. Jonathan Tropper provides a strong tale that looks at the grief process from the differing perspective of a man under thirty unable to cope.------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so arresting" It showcases the full range of human emotion-- and then the author introduces hilarity!Grief through the male perspective,Doug is the person who lives inside all of us; aware, but human. Vulnerable, courageous, and repeatedly flawed. I hope there is a sequel.
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mary25 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read books by male authors because I have a hard time relating, but I a laughed and cried all the way through this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of J. Tropper's books. He is a great writer! When you buy one of his books you know that it will be an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all os the Jonathan Tropper books available and really enjoy his stories, his characters and his sense of humor. Of all of the books, this was my least favorite. It took me a long time to like this character at all. I also caught myself drifting off as the narrator rambled on and on. Otherwise, it was alright. The basic story was good.
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Jonathan Tropper has done it once again! Well written, great characters, sharp dialogue and parts that made me burst out laughing. Plan B is next on my list!
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, my second by this author. I like Jonathan Tropper's writing style and his ability to really bring the characters' feelings to life. This book deals with the pain of loss, moving on, dysfunctional families, just a lot of 'real' stuff. I'll definitely be looking for more of Mr. Tropper's books.
bookaddict--Andover More than 1 year ago
Another hit WAY out of the park! I have read 3 of his books and have not been disappointed in any of them. A HILARIOUS yet heartbraking story of the struggle between keeping a lost loved one's memory alive while not destroying your life in the process. His characters are so vivid they virtually jump from the pages and act out their craziness in your living room. He is an amazing author and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
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Another great one!!
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