Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

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Crown, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning.

In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role – Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.

Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide.

The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. They share emotional peaks and valleys – dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves – while turning traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down. Through it all runs the story of Aikman's own journey through grief and her love affair with a man who tempts her to marry again. In a transporting story of what friends can achieve when they hold each other up, Saturday Night Widows is a rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize.
  

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"You can't go backward. You're never going to have what you had." Interesting how your circumstances open your eyes to all sorts of things. There's a whole crop of songs in my iTunes collection that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book. Really. But what I thought was going to be a life-affirming story about six women reinventing their lives after their husbands passed away was actually a kind of preachy ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
18
Section 3
33
Section 4
43
Section 5
56
Section 6
70
Section 7
81
Section 8
96
Section 17
190
Section 18
200
Section 19
211
Section 20
225
Section 21
236
Section 22
246
Section 23
252
Section 24
266

Section 9
109
Section 10
116
Section 11
125
Section 12
140
Section 13
150
Section 14
159
Section 15
173
Section 16
182
Section 25
278
Section 26
284
Section 27
294
Section 28
305
Section 29
314
Section 30
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About the author (2013)

A graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, Becky Aikman was a writer and editor for Business Week and a reporter for Newsday. She lives in New York City.

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