Grief in a Sunny Climate by Diane Shalet

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GRIEF IN A SUNNY CLIMATE tells the story of Babe, a 42-year-old “adolescent widow” faced with the loss of her husband and the loss of self. Like a frog jumping from one sinking lily pad to another, she embarks on a journey seeking solace in religion, men, travel, psychoanalysis, drugs and poetry. In a series of hilarious and touching vignettes Babe slowly rebuilds her identity and self-esteem, ultimately ending her odyssey in triumph.
 

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Published June 1, 1994 by St Martins Pr. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonist is addressed throughout by her nickname, ``Babe.'' Only on the last page, after her odyssey is complete and her lessons have been dutifully learned, does she reveal her true name, thus symbolically maturing and accepting her identity.

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Though some of Shalet's comic situations are stock (Babe, trying to dine alone discreetly, is serenaded by roving musicians), they rarely detract from her ability to celebrate life and art in a way that does not diminish the reality of grief.

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