What that leaves us with is mostly the heroine's interior monologue, which is perfectly fine if you have a well crafted character with interesting things to say. A flimsy device on which to hang flimsy thoughts, and no matter how nicely Radziwill expresses those thoughts, their absolute lack of substance cannot be escaped.(the other characters are similarly insubstantial -- I actually put down the book and thought "those characters did not exist," not because they are fictional, but because there was absolutely nothing to them).
Few things actually happen in this book -- and those that do are telegraphed so far in advance that you spend several chapters aware of and waiting (with increasing impatience) for the inevitable.Reading this book is a completely different experience than reading "What Remains", as it should be. I like the way Carole writes and I enjoyed her first attempt at fiction.It is my hope that she continues to write fiction because I'm really looking forward to reading her next book.Equal parts The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs.For example, when the protagonist meets a very nice man and is asked what she does she says she creates sex toys. all to give us that "New Yorkers are so quirky vibe" that is oh so original.There is even a scene totally ripped off from "Sex and the City" that is an homage to "The Way We Were".The saddest part of all is that the main character is supposed to be 32. Although it is quite different in style and focus than "What Remains", it obviously covers some of the same ground.I am 32 (ish) and love classic movies and even I did not get most of the references she made to pop culture. I cannot believe the author thought she could write fiction and that this even got published. There are some very funny moments, but I don't think this is the "chick lit" book some have described it to be.This is not an actual manual for widows with step Personally I love this book..is what it promises to be - an unpretentious, funny, quirky, good read.This is not an actual manual for widows with step by step instructions of what's to come. This is not a grand sweeping novel or a literary experience that will haunt you for months to come and mentioning it at dinner parties will most likely not impress anyone enough to either get you laid or up your status as an intellectual snob.