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The Widow's Season: 12/16/11

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The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie opens with Sarah seeing her husband at the grocery store. There's just one slight hitch, he's missing and presumed drowned. Sarah does her best to assume it's just her grief playing tricks on her until he shows up at her doorstep as if nothing had happened.

Until David shows up at their home, I was considering putting the book aside. Sarah's grief after seventeen years of marriage is understandable but the first chapter or is completely focused on her grief. I began to worry that the book would just become a long pity party for Sarah.

David's appearance though, shakes things up. He and Sarah act as is it's completely normal for him to appear after so long. He gives a lengthy explanation about his absence, his lack of money, why he hasn't tried to contact her or why he doesn't have his ID. Under all these apparently simple answers there are little clues, things not quite right, that add a new layer of understanding.

Had the book reintroduced David sooner, I would have rated the book five stars. I'm taking one off for the slow, melodramatic opening.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Saturday, December, 17, 2011 at 13:52:10

Emily @ As the Crowe Flies and Reads

I admit, this little bit you've posted about has me intrigued despite not really having an idea of what happens.

Comment #2: Monday, December 26, 3022 at 11:23:35


I think you should give the book a try. Happy reading.

Comment #3: Monday, December, 19, 2011 at 15:02:48


I read this one awhile back but really enjoyed it. I don't remember the beginning being so melodramatic, but it's been awhile.

Comment #4: Monday, December 26, 3022 at 11:27:50


She just mopped too long for me.

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