Good Grief by Lolly Winston
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The brilliantly funny and heartwarming New York Times bestseller about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband. 36-year-old Sophie Stanton loses her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow?a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Downing cartons of ice-cream for breakfast, breaking down in the produce section of supermarkets, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers?soon she?s not only lost her husband, but her job and her waistline as well. In a desperate attempt to reinvent her life, Sophie moves to Ashland, Oregon. But instead of the way it?s depicted in the movies, with a rugged Sam Shepherd kind of guy finding her, Sophie finds herself in the middle of Lucy-and-Ethel madcap adventures with a darkly comic edge. Still, Sophie proves that with enough humor and chutzpah, it is possible to have life after loss.

About Lolly Winston

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LOLLY WINSTON lives in Northern California.
Published April 13, 2004 by Grand Central Publishing. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Grief comes along, too—but with a troubled, pyromaniac teen assigned to her by a volunteer agency, a charming actor dogging her and a new job prepping desserts at a local restaurant, Sophie is forced to explore the misery that has consumed her.

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Book Reporter

Sophie Stanton wants to be a "Jackie Kennedy kind of widow.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Good Grief: A Novel

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Death provides one of the great themes of literature, and how a culture deals with death provides one of the great themes of anthropology, because our talk about death tells us what meaning we attach to life.

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Entertainment Weekly

''Widows wear horn-rimmed glasses and cardigan sweaters that smell like mothballs and have crepe-paper skin and names like Gladys or Midge...'' After spending several months devouring whole bags of Oreos in bed -- an exhausted chick-lit cliche -- Sophie moves from Silicon Valley to Ashland, Ore.

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USA Today

Sophie also bonds with a troubled teen who is cursed with a drop-dead gorgeous, narcissistic mother.By the end of Good Grief, Sophie is able to pat her once-loathed mother-in-law's hand and tell her "it's okay."

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Bookmarks Magazine

Deirdre Donahue Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "The first third of Good Grief, in which Sophie sinks deeper and deeper into her depression, is actually the funniest, the saddest and the most authentic part of the book.

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Sophie Stanton married at age 33 and was a widow by age 36.

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Red Room

Good Grief, about Sophie, a young grieving widow, begins with such gloomy intensity that it’s a relief when, during a mental breakdown, she shows up to her corporate job sporting a bathrobe and bunny slippers.

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