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How to Talk to a Widower: A Novel (Bantam Discovery)

By Jonathan Tropper

"Beautifully crafted", "Fantastically funny." "Compulsively readable." Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim—-and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta—for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of households in drawback and males behaving badly. Now the acclaimed writer of The ebook of Joe and Everything Changes tackles love, lust, and misplaced within the suburbs—in a gorgeous novel that's by means of turns heartfelt and riotously funny.

Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban city, that makes him anything of a celebrity—the item of sympathy, interest, and, now and again, unbridled hope. yet Doug has different issues on his brain. First there is his 16 year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet child who now's moving into more and more severe hassle every day. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy dual, Clair, who is simply left he husband and moved in with Doug, made up our minds to evoke him from his Grieving stupor. And Debbie, who is engaged to Doug's ex-best good friend and manically made up our minds to tug off the correct marriage ceremony at any cost.

Soon Doug's whole is in his face. And while he begins dipping his ft into the shark-infested waters of the second-time round courting scene, it is not lengthy ahead of his new lifestyles is spinning hopelessly uncontrolled, slicing a harrowing and infrequently hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos around the suburban landscape.

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I will be able to commence enjoyable bargains once you get me a proper notion. we would also be conversing public sale! Come on, Doug, let’s do that! What the hell else have you ever bought to do? —K From: Doug. Parker@mmag. com To: Kyle. Evans@EvansLitAgents. com Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 topic: No thank you Sorry, Kyle. I’m simply no longer up for it. —D From: Kyle. Evans@EvansLitAgents. com To: Doug. Parker@mmag. com Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 topic: Play the Hand You’ve Been Dealt For fuck’s sake, Doug!

I ignored you too,” I say. She smiles and appears up at me. “That’s a lie,” she says, “but it comes from a candy position. ” She kisses my nostril and rolls me over, so we’re dealing with one another sideways. “I comprehend this can be unusual for you, Doug. no matter what this is often we’re doing, we’re every one getting whatever diversified out of it. yet you’re a stunning guy, and a stellar lover, and that i simply don’t wish you to ever imagine you need to deceive me. I’m an incredible woman, and I’m going to attempt relatively demanding to not fall in love with you, ok?

Claire! ” my mom shouts back, disappearing down the corridor. Debbie and that i examine one another and quick keep on with her, with the receptionist in sizzling pursuit. “You’re no longer allowed again there! ” she calls out, grabbing Debbie’s elbow. Debbie activates her like a whip, eyes blazing. “Are you totally confident you won’t be wanting that hand anymore? ” she says. the woman pulls her hand off and steps again with a protecting shrug. “Whatever,” she says. a man approximately my age in scrubs and a badge that claims “Medical Technician” steps out of 1 of the exam rooms and sees us.

Are you yes? ” “I’m severe. possibly the article is to only take it slow,” I say. “Feel your manner. ” “I’m no longer precisely recognized for my even keel,” Claire says. I lick a few chocolate frosting off my finger. “People can change,” I say. Claire makes a decision to return domestic with Russ and me, yet arranges to fulfill Stephen for lunch the next day to come. Out within the parking zone, it’s gotten cold, and the steam comes off our hot our bodies as we are saying our good-byes. My mom hugs me and presses her brow opposed to mine. “It’s solid that you just came,” she says.

I’m now not the undesirable man the following. ” “No. You’re a fucking hero. ” Jim’s beer mug comes crashing down at the desk, his hand closed right into a white-knuckled fist at the deal with, his face turning a deep, offended purple scorching sufficient to soften away the veneer of civility he’d worn as much as this element. “Listen to me, you little shit,” he says, his voice low and menacing. “I’m slicing you a few slack due to your loss, yet you’re commencing to test my persistence. I took loads of crap from Hailey, yet I’m unlikely to take it from a punk such as you.

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