That's widow by the way.
There's a new book due out called A widow's guide to sex, love and relationships.
It's a novel -- not a self-help book :) -- and has reportedly bagged the writer a $700,000 advance.
Here's what author Carole Radziwill says about her work:
And here's an opener about the plot:
While Claire Byrne is on a writing assignment in Texas, her philandering husband Charlie is struck dead in an absurd collision with a rare bronze sculpture. In the odd weeks that follow – funeral, Xanax, a swarthy undertaker, and mounting bills -- Claire braces for her new life. She surrounds herself with an eccentric chorus of friends, psychics, storytellers and Jungian shrinks to guide her way.
Described as based on real life but not autobiographical, it's tapping into a fascination with how widows relate to the opposite sex.
The salacious tome has already grabbed the sort of column inches more earnest authors can but dream of.
But it makes me feel a teensy bit queasy. When do we ever hear of widows as anything other than a stoic older woman forever living in the past or at the other extreme, a sex starved predator for whom other people's husbands are easy prey?
I'm neither and nor will I ever be.
"Are widows the new virgins?" what on earth does that mean? I don't know but I do know the answer's no.
I'm interested in finding out about how we view widows and how stereotypes may be challenged.
Do you know of anyone or anything I should read about to help me as I find out for myself what it's like to be a widow? What resources would you recommend?
I'd love to find out more -- even if I can't bring myself to say the word out loud.