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“A revealing, amusing book.”—San Jose Mercury News

“Naylor’s easy writing style keeps the story fresh. . . . A story of a likable man and his family, all of whom dearly miss the person who held them together.”—USA Today

“Popular fiction for intelligent readers, something always in short supply and always welcome.”—Washington Post Book World

Widower Harry is suddenly a single parent again, albeit of grown children. And women are pursuing him again. He is unprepared for any of this, and what results is amusing. Harry’s coping with parenthood and dating makes for an irreverent frolic.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a recipient of a grant from NEA and winner of the Newbery Medal for Shiloh, a national bestseller.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Fifty-six-year-old Harry Gill's first year as a widower finds him coping with the problems of everyday life, as well as the emotions surrounding the death of his wife.

Blackwell North Amer
Being a widower is not what Harry expected it to be like. Instead of quietly grieving, he finds himself madly busy and unsettled. Suddenly he is a single parent tending to his children's problems, never mind that they are grown. In addition to offering their condolences, unattached women are offering themselves, too. A young female he barely knows moves in with him, scandalizing the neighbors. And then come the shocking revelations about his marriage. Meanwhile, his best friend's widow is also suffering and coping and behaving eccentrically. She has buried her husband (his ashes) in the backyard, and has taken to wearing his clothes, which still bear his scent. "We may be normal," she says to Harry, "but we're not right."
Harry is deeply affected, too. He even misses things about his wife that annoyed him. Their marriage vows were wrong, he realizes. Even though they are parted, they remain very much bound by history and love, cosmically and completely, in defiance of time and in spite of everything.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2003
ISBN: 9781569473542
Branch Call Number: FICTION NAYLOR
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 24 cm


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