The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

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The fairy tale continues to the denouement of the book, though there it falters into utter unbelievability. Still, The Widow Waltz is a comfortable read (if somewhat foreign to most women’s experience). Koslow ties up her loose ends, reveals what did happen to the money, and keeps Georgia likeable.
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“This heartfelt, witty addition to women’s fiction will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Berg and Anna Quindlen.” (Booklist)
 
Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.
      
As the family attorney scours emptied bank accounts, Georgia must not only look for a way to support her family, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be, just as her daughters—now ensconced back at home with secrets of their own—have to accept that they may not be returning to their lives in Paris and at Stanford subsidized by the Bank of Mom and Dad. As she uncovers hidden resilience, Georgia’s sudden midlife shift forces her to consider who she is and what she truly values. That Georgia may also find new love in the land of Spanx and stretch marks surprises everyone—most of all, her.
 
Sally Koslow’s fourth novel is deftly told through the alternating viewpoints of her remarkable female protagonists as they plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives. Inspiring, funny, and deeply satisfying, The Widow Waltz explores in a profound way the bonds between mothers and daughters, belligerent siblings, skittish lovers, and bitter rivals as they discover the power of forgiveness, and healing, all while asking, “What is family, really?”
 

About Sally Koslow

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Sally Koslow is the author of three novels, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, a Target Book Pick; With Friends Like These; and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her time as the editor in chief of McCall’s; and Slouching Toward Adulthood, a witty and insightful report from the parenting trenches. She lives in New York City.
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Plume. 353 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 08 2013

...the three different viewpoints add interest, but Georgia’s romance is tepid and unconvincing, and the resolution is abrupt and overly tidy.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Jul 10 2014

The fairy tale continues to the denouement of the book, though there it falters into utter unbelievability. Still, The Widow Waltz is a comfortable read (if somewhat foreign to most women’s experience). Koslow ties up her loose ends, reveals what did happen to the money, and keeps Georgia likeable.

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