The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

by Carole Radziwill
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The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating by Carole Radziwill

"Radziwill's delicious debut novel… is a poignant tale of love and loss."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the richest, most deeply satisfying stories I've read in a long time."—BookPage

"Carole Radziwill writes like a cross between Sophie Kinsella and Christopher Buckley. Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny!"—Susan Sarandon

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had

Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he's a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire's life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... a Giacometti, no less!

Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before—maybe even, possibly, love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805098846
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,277,652
Product dimensions: 11.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Carole Radziwill grew up in upstate New York and earned a BA at Hunter College and an MBA at New York University. She spent more than a decade at ABC News, reporting from around the world, and earned three Emmys. Her first book, What Remains, a memoir, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She has written for many magazines, including Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Glamour. She currently is a star of and "the voice of reason" on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York.

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The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Perky-Poe More than 1 year ago
I thought it jumped around or was a bit scattered. Also it was a little too "light" for what I was expecting. Loved her first book and this one read like a beach read ... wouldn't recommend but don't think it was horrible either. Still respect her as a writer - just not my genre.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Claire Byrne is married to Charlie, a reknowned sexologist, author of many books on the subject. One day, he is killed by a huge statue falling from a crane on Fifth Avenue in New York. Claire finds herself a widow in her 30s and completely lost as to what to do next.She goes to two different therapists, visits psychics and even follows a griot, a storyteller who travels the city sharing stories about famous New York City dwellers, to try and find her way to a new life. Then she meets Jack Huxley, the notoriously heterosexual movie star whom every woman wants, and has some sort of relationship with him.Throughout the novel, Claire shares the rules she is learning about sex and dating for widows, like Rule #34- "Never discourage anyone who continues to make progress, no matter how slow" (Plato)Rule #29- A boy says, "Have a good trip", a man says "Call me when you land."  I loved Carole's emotional and moving memoir What Remains, about losing her young husband to cancer and her two best friends, John F. Kennedy and his wife Carolyn in a plane crash. It is a brilliant book, and so I was interested to see what her fiction would be like.This is definitely a book for anyone who loves to immerse themselves in the wealthy NYC culture; those who religiously watch The Real Housewives of New York City will love it (and Radziwill is a cast member of that show). Claire is an interesting character, a little snarky, and her journey through widowhood (the depression, the setups with widowers forty years older) rings true. She is trying to find her place after being in the shadow of her famous husband, what her friend describes as "Charlie's Sundance to Claire's Butch Cassidy. "He cheats at poker and shoots up the room" Sasha liked to say, "while she collects the money and tidies up." That is a fantastic description of their marriage.The best part of the book are the Jack Huxley sections. Huxley clearly is meant to be George Clooney, and Radziwill dated Clooney years ago, which makes this novel all the more delicious. I'm not sure Clooney will be thrilled though.Fans of Gigi Levangie's books (The Starter Wife) will like this one; there is the same mix of humor and poignancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as wonderful as what remains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mediocre book. Little happens. Self indulgent "writer" becomes a widow and spends a year waiting for life to happen, Not bad, but not worth $10 either. I figure it is worth about $2,99,
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting Carole's 2nd book to be a wonderful read like her 1st book. Very disappointed in this book. Doesn't seem like it was written by the same person. Everything wonderful about What Remains is missing in this book. I only finished it because I had purchased it. I really hope her next book is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story teller. Highly recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ReAtchBeeAtch More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this, and can't wait for more from Radzi!
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Im on...
Kate Phelan More than 1 year ago
A horrible disappointment, especially after her excellent memoir. This book is just plain DUMB, and perhaps worse, boring.
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MJM69 More than 1 year ago
I just didn't get the point. Ms. Radziwill is far too talented for this, whatever this was supposed to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yo. Post at the sex book."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sup hottie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits there his pants and a cowboy hat yis only clothes hes wearing his abbs buldging
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Plus after watching her on rhwnyc it's hard to take her seriously bc she takes herself seriously enough for everyone. "I'm a writer!" Okay, we get it. This did not live up to what remains. One book does not an author make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Carol has a bright career as an author. She is very funny and it comes across in her books, along with her talent for writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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