How to Talk to a Widower

Author(s): Jonathan Tropper


When Doug married Hailey - beautiful, smart and ten years older - he left his carefree Manhattan life to live in the suburbs with Hailey and her teenage son, Russ. Three years later, at 29, Doug has been a widower for twelve months and just wants to drown himself in self-pity and Jack Daniels. But his family has other ideas...Russ is furious with Doug for not adopting him, and has fallen in with a bad crowd. Claire, Doug's irrepressible, pregnant twin sister, has left her husband and, uninvited, moved in with Doug. And their sister Debbie is determined to have the perfect wedding, at any cost. Soon, Doug finds himself trying to forge a relationship with Russ, reconnect with his own eccentric family, and reluctantly edges back into the complicated world of dating...


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HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER is everything that contemporary commercial fiction should be: funny, moving, poignant and very astute. A wonderful combination of ABOUT A BOY and STARTER FOR TEN. The script was optioned by Paramount Pictures after a huge four way auction - just 3 days after having been submitted. Jonathan Tropper has already received excellent reviews: 'Jonathan Tropper is a genius ... he has yet again written a brilliant, funny, and incredibly poignant book. He is, without question, one of my favourite writers today' Jane Green. 'A wise-cracking, darkly comic tale, yet beneath its raucous plot lies a heartfelt meditation on love and loss' Daily Mail. 'Tropper's novel is one to savour ... consistently funny, it's also full of sharp observations about relationships. Tropper's fun, sophisticated novel has something for everyone' Daily Mirror.

"Humorous...but also poignant and moving -- I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion" -- Philip Wicks The Bookseller "consistently witty, often insightful and full of strong and engaging characters" -- Toby Clements Daily Telegraph "Sad, funny, brilliant, How to Talk to a Widower is one of the great books of the season" Evening Herald

Jonathan Tropper was born and raised in Riverdale, New York. He attended the creative writing program at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, where he received a Masters degree. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester, NY, and teaches writing at Manhattanville College. Visit his website at:

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  • : 9780752893198
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : May 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2013
  • : books

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  • : Jonathan Tropper
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 813.6
  • : 352