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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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

I liked the concept a lot, but I was very aware of how Sex and the City these women were. You can't help wondering how the project would have gone down among people who don't have summer homes and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Icepacklady - LibraryThing

Started off OK but after introducing us to the other women she goes off about how the stages of grief are all wrong and how her husband's shrink and others all agree. She goes on and on about this ... 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
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Section 17
190
Section 18
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Section 19
211
Section 20
225
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
266

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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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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