Good Grief

Good Grief

A Novel

Paperback - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Grieving over the death of her husband from cancer, thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton finds her personal and professional world in a shambles and, in an attempt to reinvent her life, moves to Ashland, Oregon, where she encounters a troubled thirteen-year-old girl, a job as the Salad Girl at the local restaurant, and a cute actor as she struggles to recover. A first novel. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.

Hachette Book Group
The brilliantly funny and heartwarming New York Times bestseller about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband. 36-year-old Sophie Stanton loses her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow?a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Downing cartons of ice-cream for breakfast, breaking down in the produce section of supermarkets, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers?soon she?s not only lost her husband, but her job and her waistline as well. In a desperate attempt to reinvent her life, Sophie moves to Ashland, Oregon. But instead of the way it?s depicted in the movies, with a rugged Sam Shepherd kind of guy finding her, Sophie finds herself in the middle of Lucy-and-Ethel madcap adventures with a darkly comic edge. Still, Sophie proves that with enough humor and chutzpah, it is possible to have life after loss.

Publisher: 2007, c2004
ISBN: 9780446619066

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 18, 2015

To be honest, I had low expectations, thinking this would be one of those chick-lit things that are overwritten and end with some hunk of a man and happily-ever-afters.... but I was wrong! Thankfully. It was an easy read, but it was funny and touching and didn't wrap everything up in a nice neat package at the end. The characters were left in mid-stride, still living their lives without any perfect solutions to their problems. I enjoyed this book a lot.

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trincm
Feb 07, 2015

Absolutely love this book, now I have read it twice. Just as good as the first time. A must read, will have you laughing and crying. Winston is an exceptional writer, she should write more. Guaranteed a great read.

jkn14x Nov 03, 2012

This book manages to make grief hilarious without downplaying or diminishing it. If you haven't yet suffered the loss of someone close to you, this will give you some idea of what the bereaved are going through, and if you are bereaved, make sure you're not with stuffy disapproving relatives when you read this, because you'll be rolling on the floor laughing. It will soothe you, restore your sanity, and give you hope for a future in which you're not incapacitated by grief.

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kerfuffle
Dec 10, 2010

Entertaining and somewhat realistic (with some hilarious exaggerations) story, ends with an interesting twist.

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