Monday, October 18, 2010

Book 65- How to Talk to a Widower

How to Talk to a Widower was equal parts funny and poignant. Author Jonathan Tropper does it again with his serious topics and dark humor to create one funny read that will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes simultaneously.

Doug is a 29 year old widower, wallowing in a his grief, a year after he lost his wife. He's on the verge of becoming a famous writer because he writes a magazine column called "How to talk to a widower." But since the year has passed, his life is forcing him to move on. His step son- is he still his stepson since his mother is dead, Doug ponders- is becoming a criminal and he wonders what he should be do about, and his twin sister Clare is pregnant and decides to leave her husband and move in with Doug- and force him to date. Throw in an over dramatic Jewish mother and a father with dementia, a type A personality sister marrying a man she had sex with in Doug's house while he was sitting shiva for his dead wife, and all sorts of married and single women throwing themselves at Doug, and you have the perfect setting for a Tropper novel.

I love his dark twisted stories and his character perspectives. Tropper makes me laugh and he makes me think Love his novels! Some compare him to Nick Hornby; they should compare Hornby to him!