Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, struggles, triumphs, and plenty of midnight trips to the fridge, Good Grief is a funny, wise, and heartbreakingly poignant novel from one of fiction's freshest and most exciting new voices. You think, This is it: I'm at the bottom now.
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Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind.
Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, house With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life.
But starting over has its hurdles; soon she's involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can't cope with-yet. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Ashland, Oregon United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Good Grief , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [loved this story, funny and sad, a wonderful ending hide spoiler ]. See 1 question about Good Grief…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Good Grief. Shelves: grief-books , fiction , chick-lit. I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head.
Some of the descriptions of grief and the crazy things you think, feel, and do are absolutely spot on At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it's absolu I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head. At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it's absolutely idiotic that the protagonist would be doing so cluelessly well within a year of her husband's death.
And I found the ending offensive, especially as a widow. For trying to describe grief and all its insanity, the author does an amazing job, but it's obvious that she is NOT a widow and is simply imagining what a "happy" ending might be like. So I give it 4 stars for its description of grief, the author's voice, and the narrative flow To anyone who's experienced widowhood at an early age, it's ludicrous and offensive to suggest that grieving is over within a year or that finding another man constitutes a happy ending, and books like this only help to reinforce that misconception.
View all 7 comments. Jan 02, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. I am filled up with so much love for this book. I wonder if it's visible, like a big red cartoon heart over my head? It may be a case of the right book, at the right time. What an honest, raw depiction of an all encompassing loss. The ending was sort of sudden, but it's okay. I loved it all the same. View all 4 comments. Jul 10, Rhonda Rae Baker rated it really liked it. I loved this book!
At first, I wasn't sure if I should even buy it because of the expected start of the protagonist dying But because of the topic of grief, I thought to give it a try. Yes, yes, and yes. I totally related to this story Having lost my brother, I became an only child. After losing my parents just a short five years later, I became a zombie trying to raise my children But when it comes to moving forward and processing the stages of grief, this author hits the nail on the head.
Relating to the loss of spouse was also easy for me to relate to as it was like a death in the family even though he is very much alive. I was the one that died and part of my children's hearts died as well when we were divorced. As we struggle this day to put our lives back together, I related to the teenager in this story and how she was 'cutting' to 'feel' something because her mother had abused her by neglect.
There were so many levels of seriousness in this story but with the way it was told gave such reality to the process of change in each of our lives. I'm reminded of the book I read recently, called Loving What Is.
We can't change what has happened to us, we can't change our current situations, and we can't predict what our future holds, but we can learn from what life deals us and we can find a purpose in life and what adventures there are in store for us. We can learn to 'let go' and trust the future, Come What May. It's like if we have one hand in yesterday and one in tomorrow then our today is crucified.
I enjoyed the way this author could make me laugh at myself as I related to the protagonist grief process and even how she interwove the other character's 'changes' in life. There was so much here that I felt healing coming into my spirit Not willing to fear the future and cast a cloud on today, my life has become an adventure full of surprises.
I'll not fear what tomorrow will hold for me as if I'm predestined to have grief in my live forever but feel a freedom to savor each moment as if it were a present! Way to go Lolly, I'm a fan of yours and this novel was exceptional as well as priceless! I will be reading it again Not only do I have many 'family' members in my life as this protagonist, I expect there will be more that cross my path who could be just what I need.
Everything happens for a reason, but that doesn't mean we will know the reason it happened to us. Bad things happen to good people, it's just the way of life Even if we are plagued by 'memory loss' and 'sickness' it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy our life the way it is. Thanks for such a wonderful novel May 01, Abigail Hillinger rated it it was ok Shelves: lite-lit.
Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my job last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it. It chronicles Sophie's mental breakdown after she loses her husband to a cancer. Sounds very Lifetime-movie-of-the-week, I admit, but Winston managed to write something serious and make it tender and funny at the same time. I was bummed when the book went missing and kept forgetting to buy my own copy.
I finally read it and I was disappointed. Really disappointed, actually. When Soph Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my job last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it. When Sophie decides to up and leave her town and move across the country with her recently-separated friend, I thought, okay, cool. Kind of a rogue widow. I like. She wants to become a "better" person and becomes a big-sister to a pyromaniac year-old who is also a cutter.
She screws up everything she does at first. Believable enough. But then the writing style delves into the chick-lit tone and I found myself predicting everything that was about to happen. And I got bored.
It is an early riser, waiting with its gummy arms wrapped around my neck, its hot, sour breath in my ear. With the world rolling on, unaware of her pain, Sophie does the only sensible thing: she locks herself in her house and lives on what she can buy at the convenience store in furtive midnight shopping sprees. Everything hurts—the telemarketers asking to speak to Ethan, mail with his name on it, his shirts, which still smell like him. At first Sophie is a "good" widow, gracious and melancholy, but after she drives her car through the garage door, something snaps; she starts showing up at work in her bathrobe and hiding under displays in stores.
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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. Winston does her utmost to prove otherwise. In this willfully ingratiating, heat-seeking first novel, Sophie is in fairly dire straits at first.
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.
Added by 3 of our members. 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. Guzzling cartons of ice-cream for breakfast, breaking down in the frozen food aisle of her local supermarket, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers - soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job and her waistline. With nowhere to go but up, Sophie leaves California for Oregon and after several false starts opens her own fabulous bakery. Soon Sophie finds herself trying to cope with the demands of her eccentric mother-in-law and Crystal, a teenager with even less of a grip on life than Sophie.