Widowish: A Memoir

Widowish: A Memoir

by Melissa Gould
Widowish: A Memoir

Widowish: A Memoir

by Melissa Gould


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Melissa Gould’s hopeful memoir of grieving outside the box and the surprising nature of love.

When Melissa Gould’s husband, Joel, was unexpectedly hospitalized, she could not imagine how her life was about to change. Overwhelmed with uncertainty as Joel’s condition tragically worsened, she offered him the only thing she could: her love and devotion. Her dedication didn’t end with his death.

Left to resume life without her beloved husband and raise their young daughter on her own, Melissa soon realized that her and Joel’s love lived on. Melissa found she didn’t fit the typical mold of widowhood or meet the expectations of mourning. She didn’t look like a widow or act like a widow, but she felt like one. Melissa was widowish.

Melissa’s personal journey through grief and beyond includes unlikely inspiration from an evangelical preacher, the calming presence of some Real Housewives, and the unexpected attention of a charming musician.

A modern take on loss, Widowish illuminates the twists of fate that break our world, the determination that keeps us moving forward, and the surprises in life we never see coming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542018760
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2021
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 422,974
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melissa Gould’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and more. She’s an award-winning screenwriter whose credits include Bill Nye, the Science Guy; Party of Five; Beverly Hills, 90210; and Lizzie McGuire. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Find out more about Melissa at https://widowish.com.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Make Him Better 1

2 Milestones 11

3 Uncertainty 23

4 No Matter What Occurs 31

5 Quality of Life 41

6 Holding On 51

7 Decisions 61

8 The End 67

9 Doing Clooney 77

10 Only Child, Only Parent 89

11 The Other Joel 97

12 I'm a Widow 109

13 Small Steps Forward 119

14 Easy 133

15 Marcos 145

16 Man of My Dreams 153

17 Every Everything 163

18 Widowish 173

19 Getting Personal 183

20 Love 191

21 God Laughs 197

Acknowledgments 203

About the Author 207

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