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Book by Daniels, Alice Grossman
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Widowhood and All It's Pieces
Alice Grossman Daniels writes candidly about widowhood in After the Flowers--Life Beyond Widowhood. Full of sound advice and uncensored feelings and reactions, this book reconnects a shell-shocked survivor of widowhood to herself and the life ahead of her.
Written in a warm and friendly voice, this is a very personal journal or collection of small essays on the practical business of coping with widowhood. The author lost her husband and friend, fond lover and good provider, when he was only fifty-eight years old. Left alone, Alice was forced to learn about--and compelled to write about--loneliness, finances, shopping for one person, redefining friendships with women and couples, relearning the art of romance, and restructuring relationships with her adult children. In the course of the book she turns her talent for writing and expressing a common experience into a career as a newspaper columnist, and she maintains her sense of humor as she develops a wise perspective on living alone.
Perhaps the sense of humor, which runs throughout the book, even in the saddest moments, is the book's greatest asset. It teaches us a lesson about life: that life involves suffering, that humor comes from pain, that humor is what makes the pain survivable, and that humor eventually survives the pain.
This book is practical as well. It is a personal journal, but it relates to a common experience shared by many women, and by many men. Anyone learning the ropes of widowhood--as well as families, advisors, caretakers, counselors, and friends--will be served by reading this book.From the Back Cover:
What happens when a with-it woman finds herself without? Alice Daniels lost her husband--her best friend and confidant, her lover and provider, and the father of her children--when he was only fifty-eight. Suddenly she had gone from wife to widow. Like many women before her, she had to learn to live with loss, with grief, and with emptiness. And like many women before her, Alice came to realize that there is life beyond widowhood.. In a style laced with frankness and humor, Alice tells the story of how she built a single life. It's a story of practical details, like keeping house and shopping for one, and of emotional matters like redefining her relationships with friends and with her children, and like relearning the art of romance. This is a story shared by many women--and by extension, many men. Friends who have read this book have told her, "It's not about you, Alice. It's about me." Anyone learning the ropes of widowhood will love After the Flowers.
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