Book 7: An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer

I cannot imagine losing a spouse, yet Edward had to endure just that when Bea succumbed to cancer at a relatively young age, leaving behind her elderly mother and her two adult children from a previous marriage. Edward’s fight against loneliness (most times) was valiant, other times he gave in to the need to be alone and spent the night at home with the dog and a carry-out pizza. But slowly he moves on with life, never forgetting Bea, but equally important, never forgetting himself.

I enjoyed this story and will share it with adults who could use a dose of un-sensationalized reality to bring them back to life as it actually is, and how they must live in the face of sadness, heart ache, and well…life.

I received this book from the publisher as part of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer group. I very much appreciate the novel, and will be recommending the title to parties I believe will like Edward’s honest reality.

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