How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



"Beautifully crafted", "Fantastically funny." "Compulsively readable." Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim—-and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta—for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of families in crisis and men behaving badly. Now the acclaimed author of The Book of Joe and Everything Changes tackles love, lust, and lost in the suburbs—in a stunning novel that is by turns heartfelt and riotously funny.

Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity—the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Clair, who's just left he husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his Grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and manically determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.

Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Jonathan Tropper

See more books from this Author
Jonathan Tropper is the author of One Last Thing Before I Go, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. He is currently adapting This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Brothers Studios and is a screenwriter, co-creator, and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by alan Ball), premiering in 2013. 
Published July 17, 2007 by Bantam. 402 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Romance. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for How to Talk to a Widower

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In a full-on retreat from human contact, 29-year-old Doug Parker passes the year following the death of his wife of two years in a numb Jack Daniel’s–fueled haze.

| Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower

Book Reporter

grieving --- and living --- is an unpredictable process and you.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower

Entertainment Weekly

A mixture of mourning and mockery, How to Talk to a Widower proves most fun (and surprisingly moving) when exploring Doug's sarcastic inner thoughts: After agreeing to babysit for a potential love interest, Doug thinks, ''She's only got basic cable, which she was wise not to disclose earlier bec...

Jul 13 2007 | Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower

USA Today

then, Hailey died after just two years of hot and happy wedded bliss.In the New York suburb where Doug now lives alone, being a young widower makes him a bit of an oddity.

| Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower


Until recently I had never even heard of Julia Child but now since having seen the film Julie and Julia,( this links to my review), I related to this and found it amusing.

May 07 2010 | Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower

New Zealand Woman's Weekly

I hadn’t heard of this writer before and to be honest it’s probably not a book I would pick up in the shop but it was recommended by two different people and so I gave it a shot and, boy, am I glad I did.

| Read Full Review of How to Talk to a Widower

Reader Rating for How to Talk to a Widower

An aggregated and normalized score based on 247 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review