The Young Widower's Handbook

The Young Widower's Handbook

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Funny, sad, and smart . . . Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, McAllister's debut flies along yet reaches deep." --Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset

For Hunter Cady, meeting Kaitlyn is the greatest thing that has ever happened to him. Whereas he had spent most of his days accomplishing very little, now his life has a purpose. Smart, funny, and one of a kind, Kait is somehow charmed by Hunter's awkwardness and droll humor, and her love gives him reason to want to be a better man.

And then, suddenly, Kait is gone, her death as unexpected as the happiness she had brought to Hunter. Numb with grief, he stumbles forward in the only way he knows how: by running away. He heads due west from his Philadelphia home, taking Kait's ashes with him.

Kait and Hunter had always meant to travel. Now, with no real plan in mind, Hunter is swept into the adventures of fellow travelers on the road, among them a renegade Renaissance Faire worker; a boisterous yet sympathetic troop of bachelorettes; a Midwest couple and Elvis, their pet parrot; and an older man on an endless cross-country journey in search of a wife who walked out on him many years before. Along the way readers get glimpses of Hunter and Kait's lovely, flawed, and very real marriage, and the strength Hunter draws from it, even when contemplating a future without it. And each encounter, in its own peculiar way, teaches him what it means to be a husband and what it takes to be a man.

Written in the spirit of Jonathan Tropper and Matthew Quick, with poignant insight and wry humor, The Young Widower's Handbook is a testament to the enduring power of love.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616204747
Branch Call Number: FIC McAll
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 22 cm

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Oct 04, 2017

Really interesting, funny, tender portrayal of what grief can make you do when you lose the most important/only person who understands you. I think maybe the most compelling part of this is how much I really, viscerally disliked the main character sometimes... but still cared what happened to him.

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