Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

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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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About Becky Aikman

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BECKY AIKMAN has written extensively about America's cultural scene. A graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, where she won the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, she was a writer and editor for Businessweek and a reporter for Newsday, where she published hundreds of articles on food, fashion, publishing, and the arts. She lives in New York City.
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Broadway Books. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Meeting once a month for a year, "on Saturday night, the most treacherous shoal for new widows, where untold spirits have sunk into gloom," the group tried cooking together, going to an art museum, a day at a spa and other activities.

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Hoping to shatter the myth of the widow as a black-clad elderly lady of perpetual sorrows, New York Newsday reporter Aikman resolved to organize her own group of “renegade widows” and record their spi

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Widowed in her late 40s when her husband (older by 16 years) died after a long bout with cancer, Aikman rejected the defeatist litany of the usual widows’ support group, made up of much older women and dictated by the traditional five stages of grief codified by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, which Ai...

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If such is the case, then SATURDAY NIGHT WIDOWS is sure to give readers a different perspective on grief, widowhood, and reinventing oneself now that one is no longer part of a couple.

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As a young widow, Becky was kicked out of her first widow support group.

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In this memoir she explores the different ways that people experience grief.Following her remarriage she forms a group with five other young widows to test the unconventional ideas that she has come up with.

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In this memoir she explores the different ways that people experience grief.Following her remarriage she forms a group with five other young widows to test the unconventional ideas that she has come up with.

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