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An Available Man - Hilma Wolitzer
An Available Man
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In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is... show more
In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him.The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee’s memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating (“dating after death,” as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it’s least expected.With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age. Most of all, the novel celebrates the endurance of love, and its thrilling capacity to bloom anew.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345527547 (0345527542)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Adriana Reads
Adriana Reads rated it
3.0 An Available Man
This was a very sweet story, which I really needed to cleanse my literary palate after the last book I read. However, I did have some issues with it. The first half of the book was not really a cohesive story. It was more like a series of vignettes about a grieving man: the scene where his well-...
toniblaha
toniblaha rated it
4.0 An Available Man
"Sweet book about a widow who ventures into the dating world."
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
3.0 An Available Man: A Novel
After a failed love affair, leaving him waiting at the altar, it takes about 2 decades for Edward Schuyler to find the love of his life, Bea Silver. She comes with a ready made family for him to love and enjoy. Sadly, about two decades later, Bea succumbs to Cancer. Her children, from her first marr...
Kari@ From the TBR Pile
Kari@ From the TBR Pile rated it
1.0 An Available Man
I think I need to stay away from stories that involve widows or widowers. They just don't seem to hold much appeal for me. I wanted to like this book because it seemed to have positive reviews. But, I just found it boring. The narrative was rambling and didn't seem to be going anywhere that I c...
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