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They are evidence not only of this novel's insistent lovability but also that its heroine, Sophie Stanton, has been mixed-up enough to wear the slippers to work. Susie Salmon, the murdered teenage narrator of Alice Sebold's ''Lovely Bones,'' has a similarly alliterative name but a more transfixing and original problem. For Sophie, gravitas arrives in the form of widowhood: she is reeling from the death of her husband, Ethan. Since Ethan died, she has discovered that widows do not lose weight on the Oreo and waffle diet. She says she has also learned that life isn't like the movies, but Ms.

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Death provides one of the great themes of literature, and how a culture deals with death provides one of the great themes of anthropology, because our talk about death tells us what meaning we attach to life. Lolly Winston's absorbing novel Good Grief merges the anthropological curiosities of 21st-century American culture with the intimate psychology of one woman figuring out how to continue living after her husband succumbs to cancer.

Mingling the obsessive, blinkered perspective of an older Bridget Jones with the wry, morbid humor of Six Feet Under , Winston produces a novel that doesn't always plumb the depths of human experience, but whose unsentimental warmth and poignancy seems tailor-made for the book-club set. On the cover of the hardback, two female feet in pink bunny slippers strike a pose, referring to the scene in Good Grief 's first act when Sophie Stanton, PR hack for a California drug company, shows up at work in pajamas and a robe.

Seen through her eyes, in the context of her battle with depression after her husband's death, getting to work at all is an accomplishment. Unfortunately, her supervisors don't see it that way, and soon, Sophie has quit her job and moved to a small town in Oregon, hoping to return to the idyll of her college days with her former roommate. Working at a restaurant for a demanding and sexist chef, starting her own bakery to bury herself in distractions as the anniversary of her husband's death approaches , or interpreting her muddled emotional response to an actor who woos her, Sophie doesn't always know herself fully, but she lets the audience in on whatever she knows.

Good Grief has a thirtysomething scruffiness likely to make it a favorite among women of a certain age. At times, when it delves piercingly into habits of grieving or not being allowed to grieve , it has the cleansing acid touch of Jessica Mitford's The American Way Of Death. Sophie isn't exactly adding a new chapter to the great literature on the subject, but her story illuminates truths often neglected by the greats as too trivial to report. The A. Reviews Book Review.

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It is safe to say she is deep in mourning over her husband, Ethan, who died of cancer, leaving behind a something wife with no idea how to move past such a loss and the deep loneliness it has left in its wake. But this novel is anything but textbook Grief Recovery It's different, because Winston has the nerve to admit that recovering from the death of a loved one is a ridiculous thing to have to do, and that it often has moments of humor mixed in with all the bad stuff. At first, she functions at the most primary level, sleeping for days and stuffing herself with Oreos until her mouth hurts. From there, Sophie moves on to bargaining with God. Maybe there was a clerical error, she thinks. Maybe the angel of death grabbed the wrong guy, and Ethan will be returned as soon as they straighten things out Upstairs.

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Death provides one of the great themes of literature, and how a culture deals with death provides one of the great themes of anthropology, because our talk about death tells us what meaning we attach to life. Lolly Winston's absorbing novel Good Grief merges the anthropological curiosities of 21st-century American culture with the intimate psychology of one woman figuring out how to continue living after her husband succumbs to cancer. Mingling the obsessive, blinkered perspective of an older Bridget Jones with the wry, morbid humor of Six Feet Under , Winston produces a novel that doesn't always plumb the depths of human experience, but whose unsentimental warmth and poignancy seems tailor-made for the book-club set. On the cover of the hardback, two female feet in pink bunny slippers strike a pose, referring to the scene in Good Grief 's first act when Sophie Stanton, PR hack for a California drug company, shows up at work in pajamas and a robe. Seen through her eyes, in the context of her battle with depression after her husband's death, getting to work at all is an accomplishment. Unfortunately, her supervisors don't see it that way, and soon, Sophie has quit her job and moved to a small town in Oregon, hoping to return to the idyll of her college days with her former roommate. Working at a restaurant for a demanding and sexist chef, starting her own bakery to bury herself in distractions as the anniversary of her husband's death approaches , or interpreting her muddled emotional response to an actor who woos her, Sophie doesn't always know herself fully, but she lets the audience in on whatever she knows.

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