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Have just read this book for our book club. Once you realise that it's written by an American male, set in America and get used to the 'strong language' you are off on a Roller Coaster ride. As a male I (think) I can relate to how Doug handled his situation. It made me laugh out loud and made me sad, I think the saddest part was when his Dad "took control" in the Hospital when Doug was shot, he just kicked back in to his Doctor role. Jonathan Tropper made all his characters come to life, his relationship with his sisters was realistic, (having two myself, I now) also how he handled Russ, showed how much he loved and cared about him. It was a most enjoyable book.
I would have at least liked to know the author's style of writing! Not much help just giving me just your thoughts and feelings on the events occurring in the novel.
dynamicnurse 25.01.2010 14:33
Apart from the title, what is this book actually on? This review gives me no indication about anything that is in the book, so please add a lot more information. Also, how much I can expect to pay for it and from where.
Status: New - Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, ... more
that makes him something of a celebrity the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there s his sixteen-year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug s sisters: his bossy twin, Claire, who s just left her husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his grieving stupor. And Debbie, who s engaged to Doug s ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost. Soon Doug s entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene, it isn t long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape. Funny, sexy, and smart, "How to Talk to a Widower" is a novel about finding your way, even when you have no idea where it is you want to go."