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A deliciously smart and funny debut novel about loss, libido…and true love. A decade ago, Claire Byrne, now thirty-two, put her biggest career aspirations and deepest personal desires on hold when she became the wife of Charlie Byrne, the famous sexologist and man about town. Her choice of words turns what would have been an ordinary sentence into something a little bit more. She does well riding that fine line between pretentious and common, especially since the subject matter of this novel could easily have come across as uncouth. I loved her memoir and enjoyed her novel.
Hopefully Radziwill will continue to write so we can all enjoy her talent. I loved "What remains", this one was obviously different kind of book, but I could still see her thru the masked words. Book was lovely in a strange and witty kind of way. I thought this was a pretty stellar read. I enjoyed the main character, and I felt like the all of the characters experienced very natural progressions.
There were some definite OMG moments, and then there were a few moments that were predictable. That said, I loved how the story ended, and it was a very different ending than what I expected.
One person found this helpful. This book was unbelievably boring. Widow in her 30's, married to an older, successful man, is just lost. Looking for men after 6 months. Sorry sista, it doesn't work that way. I got this book for two reasons. First, I had read Carole's book, "What Remains" a few years ago, just as my friend's husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I was engrossed in that book for a few reasons. In fact, after giving it away to a friend I bought it again when I purchased this one and re-read it.
So, after having seen Carole on "The Housewives A Novel," not because I am a slow reader, but because it's a book I can put down , and go back to- not a book that I just have to finish. I kind of got that impression about the writing, that it was something she put down and picked up. I love Carole's blogs, very insightful and tongue-in-cheek, but this novel seems to be stretched too thin.
See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Apr 03, BookPage added it Shelves: At 32, Claire Byrne is smart, beautiful and married to famous author and sexologist Charlie Byrne. Then Charlie is improbably killed by a falling piece of art while walking home from a tryst with his publicist, and Claire finds herself with the burden opportunity?
Sorry sista, it doesn't work that way. However, because it is all over the place it ended up being none of the. Do the Real Housewives of Any City always blend into one another or do they develop distinct personalities if you watch the show for long enough? Aug 09, Emily rated it it was ok. Apr 28, Christine Bass rated it really liked it. Radziwill said she felt she had to write the memoir first before the novel. English Choose a language for shopping. Think Sex and the City in black. The front cover blurb, by Candace Bushnell, is predictable and unimpressive. Together the four of them were extremely close. The widows guide to sex and dating carole recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago I just finished reading this book. Radziwill on Twitter, go here CaroleRadziwill. I was engrossed in that book for a few reasons. When it comes to her main character, Claire, however, the author is strangely dispassionate. It was a quick read, and definitely strikes me as the kind of novel that would be ideal to pick up in an airport bookstore.
She fumbles through dates set up by well-intentioned girlfriends, drinks a lot of wine, sleeps too much and consults a ridiculous series of questionable therapists. An award-winning former TV reporter, Radziwill is also the author of the well-received What Remains—a memoir of her marriage, which ended when her husband died of cancer in Jul 09, Helene Barmen rated it it was ok. When I first heard of this novel I thought the idea behind it was great. I have read Carole Radziwill's memoir and seen her on Real Housewives of New York and feel like she has the best starting point possible for writing about widowhood with a little bit of an edge.
Unfortunately, the idea is better than the execution in this case. Claire Byrne very suddenly becomes a widow in her early thirties.
She's been married to a somewhat famous writer and when she all of a sudden finds herself alone she When I first heard of this novel I thought the idea behind it was great. She's been married to a somewhat famous writer and when she all of a sudden finds herself alone she doesn't know what to do. The book explores her way back into the dating scene and her road out of her dead husband's shadow. My main drawback with this book is the main character. I never really care that much what happens to her and I feel like even though Radziwill is trying to say something about love, relationships, mourning and moving on, I never get under Claire's skin and never feel what she's feeling.
The side characters are also pretty shallow and only serve as comic reliefs but most of the time I don't really find them funny. Even though the story and characters are not to my liking, I do like the structure and language of the book.
At the end she wraps up the story with a somewhat surprising ending but what I like the most is how she ties the whole book together with a few great throwbacks at the end. I think Radziwill didn't try to write a profound novel that aims at digging deep into my emotions but I still expected a bit more from her. She does point to the romantic comedy a few times and the book works well for the same situations as a romantic comedy.
I still love Carole and I might give another novel of her's a try. Apr 28, Christine Bass rated it really liked it. After seeing the author on RH and hearing about her other book which gets high praise , I decided I wanted to read this one. As I started reading, I literally was taken aback at the authors casual use in the beginning chapter or two-not sure which of a certain "C" word! Now, I'm no prude, I did read all 3 50 Shades books but I was, truthfully, a bit disgusted at the use of that "C" word as if it is the usual word to use when referring to a certain female body part.
So when I titled my review After seeing the author on RH and hearing about her other book which gets high praise , I decided I wanted to read this one. So when I titled my review as "She almost lost me I read on and was happy to see that word was not thrown around so flippantly again although it was used one more time in the book in, to me, a more appropriate manner and setting in which the use of that "C" word was at least understandable!
I won't bore you with a synopsis, as I am sure you know the premise: I do want to say that after my initial shock see above , I am happy I read on as I enjoyed the story and did enjoy the authors style, as well. It is a good read for the summer, but I would not recommend it to any man. It is definitely a book written by a woman geared for women! Sep 30, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: Earlier this summer, I won a mystery box of books from a local NYT best-selling author. Included in that box was a copy of this book.
So, after having seen Carole on "The Housewives It was not what I expected. This is definitely a book for anyone who loves to immerse themselves in the wealthy NYC culture; those who religiously watch The Real Housewives of New York City will love it and Radziwill is a cast member of that. Claire Byrne is married to Charlie, a reknowned sexologist, author of many books on the subject. Her choice of words turns what would have been an ordinary sentence into something a little bit. Claire Bryne, a thirty something, is a widow. I am 32 ish and love classic movies and even I did not get most of the references she made to pop culture. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Radziwill said she felt she had to write the memoir first before the novel. Tell me a little about your writing process. How to Live with Elegance and Flair. There was a problem filtering reviews right. Thought it was going to be a funny contemporary romance as in light and airybut it ended up a the widows guide to sex and dating carole thought provoking read. Often authors project part of their personal experiences into their writing. Instead of rushing to her next appointment, she asked more questions my husband.
However, when I discovered that the author was one of the Real Housewives of New York, it all became clear -- the author who sent me the box of books is a huge fan of the show. Although I don't read a ton of chick li Earlier this summer, I won a mystery box of books from a local NYT best-selling author. Although I don't read a ton of chick lit, I found myself curious to see where the story would go and was pleasantly surprised along the way.
Given the title and blurb on the jacket, I was expecting something a little racier and less relatable, but was happy to discover that it didn't meet my preconceived notions. While I didn't necessarily relate to the main character's lifestyle, I found her to be more down-to-earth than I would have expected and liked spending time in her world. I enjoyed the writing style and elements of humor sprinkled throughout.
When I picked this one up, I was looking for some lighter escapism and this checked the box. Even though the ending wasn't a surprise, I liked the fact it had a happy ending, which was just what I needed. Aug 29, Terri rated it it was amazing. Personally I love this book I'm slightly baffled by some of the other reviews and can only think that the disappointment stems from mismanaged expectations. This is not a continuation of the author's original memoir - no one person should have more than one memoir's worth of heartbreak.
If you expect this book to be like the author's first work, you will be disappointed. This is not an actual manual for widows with step Personally I love this book This is not an actual manual for widows with step by step instructions of what's to come. If you expect this, you will be disappointed. This is not a grand sweeping novel or a literary experience that will haunt you for months to come and mentioning it at dinner parties will most likely not impress anyone enough to either get you laid or up your status as an intellectual snob.
Just read the Thornbirds or some Garcia if this is what you seek. This is a fun book, one that you can spend an afternoon on the couch with and feel at ease like with an old friend, one that will make you smirk, smile, and sometimes giggle as you traverse its pages. It's not overly complicated, doesn't try to be unnecessarily deep. It's open and honest and very well written and a bit of genius all in itself.
May 12, Kristie rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 11, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: I gotta say I enjoyed this book. When we go through a major life change - marriage, becoming a mother, death of a close loved one, divorce, we all go through a shaky period to find out who we are in light of these changes. And not all of us are as fast and successful at reinventing ourselves as Madonna. Claire has identified with being merely Charlie's wife and although she was not ecstatically happy with that label, she was content. When she was forced to come to terms with who she was and what I gotta say I enjoyed this book.
When she was forced to come to terms with who she was and what she wanted, there were some bumps in the road. And naturally she had an affair with the man her husband had all but picked out for her. But in the end, she does make her own choices, write her own book and live in her own way even if she does end up with another man. Not sure if her choice of Ben was a final breaking away from her dead husband or a lasting thing - but I felt there was some closure. The writing was witty and elegant.
Sort of reminded me of Sex and the City book not tv show only slower paced, less choppy and more refined. After reading many reviews, I feel it's necessary for me to chime in. Many reviewers seem to have come to this book thinking they know the author from her memoir or from her appearances on The Real Housewives.
Really we should all be coming at this as a first time book by an unknown author. Bringing preconceived notions happens all the time, but to post a review and not reference any possible bias is unfair. In general I liked the book and am glad I finished it. I thought the ending was rushed an After reading many reviews, I feel it's necessary for me to chime in.