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Good Grief
Good Grief
Author: Lolly Winston
A brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles,then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband.Lolly Winston has written an astonishing first novel. In Good Grief she takes a sad situation and artfully finds the humor and pathos to make readers smile and break their hearts at the same time.
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ISBN-13: 9780446694841
ISBN-10: 0446694843
Publication Date: 4/4/2005
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 378 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
This is a long book. Not in page number, though it has delightful heft, but the density was amazing. I would read a few pages, put it down to digest -laughing or sniffling, and sometimes in equal measure at the same time- and come back an hour later for another hit.

Sophie is so real, and crystal perhaps even more so in her own abrasive, slightly damaged way. I loved Ethan's progression in Sophie's mind, from the personification of loss, to a saint, and then gradually toward the end, back to a real person who she still loves.

I'd be very interesting to reread it in a decade or so, and see if I have the same impressions. I get the feeling it'll be a bit different.

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Helpful Score: 8
This book was an up and down read. A read that was very real, and hard to look at with some of the issues it addresses, but it has its happy moments to. This book is very real. You can see the emotions, feel them, think that it could happen to you. A very good read, a fast read despite the feelings it evokes. Because you want to flip to the next page and see what happens next. I really did over all enjoy this book.I think its probably the best one I have read so far this year. Emotional, Funny, Sad, but most of all a heart warming tale of life. And how to live after loss.
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Helpful Score: 7
I'm torn - on one hand, this book made me cry and hug my husband a lot. He is still trying to figure that one out LOL. On the other, I did find the last few chapters kind of rushed and almost too 'easy' compared to the rest of the story. It seemed like one person wrote the first half (great) and the second half (ehh).
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Helpful Score: 6
Delightful! A very real look at the life of a young widow seeking a sense of peace (and self) following the death of her husband. How Sophie deals with the grief process is at turns heartbreaking and hilarious as she tries to make a new life for herself, diving headlong into a new hometown, a new career, and a new love life.
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Helpful Score: 5
I really loved this book. Lolly Winston has successfully captured the emotions of a young widow in her 30's. Sophie is an endearing character and she not only makes you want her to find happiness, she also makes you wish you could become her friend. As much as she loved and missed her deceased husband, I kept feeling that he really wasn't good enough for her because of his distracted workaholic personality. On the other hand, it was easy to see she was a match for the actor she began dating when she discovered he kept books in his dishwasher. Now that is a man who could identify with a woman who went to work in her pajamas and bunny slippers shortly after her husband died. Read this book and I promise you will love Sophie's story.
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Quick read - Sophie was likeable and easy to empathize with.
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The loss of a loved one, especially a husband, can send you into a tailspin as you reach the different stages of grief. But Lolly Winston puts a sad/humorous touch of reality on the experience that kept me glued to this book until the end. Thanks to her, I could view my own experience and growth into health in a different light. I noticed I nodded my head in agreement so many times and laughed out loud a couple more.
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This was a wonderful book. The author really draws you in.

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