Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman

Aikman's husband of 20 years died, and she attends a spouse loss support group which really does not work out for her. In fact, she is asked to not return. She decides to form her own support group with five other widows who are grieving and trying to figure out their lives. She writes about her own grief and also about the five other women in her group.

This book had potential, but it tried to do too much. If it had focused solely on Aikman's grief, I think that would have been enough. But adding in five other women made it more confusing. It was difficult to differentiate between the five women, and they never became separate, distinct people in my mind. Thus, I never really came to care about any of them.

I did appreciate some of the candid conversations among the women about socially taboo topics like dating and sex after spouse loss. I haven't read any grief memoirs that go very near those topics at all.

I also liked how she wrote, "...grief is a process of finding comfort." Very true, but this book tries to tell too many stories of too many ladies trying to do so.

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