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An Available Man #2019

An Available Man 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

  • Title: An Available Man
  • Author: Hilma Wolitzer
  • ISBN: 9780345527547
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An Available Man By Hilma Wolitzer, 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 unattachIn 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.
    An Available Man A Novel Random House Reader s Circle May , An Available Man is not just a cautionary tale of geriatric loneliness and sex It s a meditation and then, a breathtaking roller coaster ride, and then, a meditation again on what we lose when we allow loss and longing to make us unavailable to ourselves Boston Globe An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer An Available Man is a quiet read and is just the ticket for a reader who wants to get to know the characters and visit the scenes as a fly on the wall or bird in the tree Edward has just lost the love of his life, his wife Bea, and soon after is inundated with dates or fix ups. An Available Man Smart and poignant, An Available Man explores some universal truths that the past is never past, life is for the living, and dating is really, really hard. An Available Man By Hilma Wolitzer Book Review The Jan , One of the few characters to lack a sense of humor is the villain of An Available Man, a flamboyant figure from Edward s past who erupts into his present. An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer LibraryThing 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 AN AVAILABLE MAN Hilma Wolitzer Comic, tender, and delicious, in An Available Man, the broken hearted rise again to heal and find love anew Hilma Wolitzer is a national treasure, and she s at her best here in the story of Edward Schuyler, a grieving widower who must put down his binoculars to see the world with new eyes.

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    1. This charming and deeply emotional book features Edward Schuyler, a recently widowed science teacher who embarks on the dubious task of what one possible suitor calls dating after death It is also a book about grief, betrayal, family, and tapestries I think tapestries are actually a very good metaphor for this novel because it is the people who thread through our lives, sometimes ending and sometimes being woven back in later, and sometimes new threads need to be added to make a complete picture [...]

    2. To quickly summarize the main premise of the book a man is widowed later in his life and the story follows his life as he looks to recover from the grief and move into a happier state There was a lot of potential, from how the story was set up, for an interesting perspective on the man s life and the internal struggles present in his mind as he looked to move beyond the death of his wife.With that said, I felt the book fell far short of any and all expectations The characters lacked description, [...]

    3. I got this as a free giveaway via so yippee for that, and the deal apparently includes a tacit obligation to review so here s a quickie because this is the sort of book I wouldn t ordinarily write anything about beyond assigning the requisite stars I ve read other books by Hilma Wolitzer and An Available Man is true to form Nothing to write home about, certainly nothing I ll remember anything about after a few weeks, but a well written fast light read In literary terms this book, like others of [...]

    4. Such a lovely book My fear is that younger people may not feel drawn to a book about an older man in widow weeds and the loves he s lost and found And what a sad mistake that would be.I didn t have much in common with Mrs Dalloway when I found her Nor with Virginia either, I might say but I would have missed one of my favorite stories It made me look at so many things from choosing flowers and planning a party to missing my own past differently And the same goes for Joe Chapin and Piet Hanema No [...]

    5. Being a widower myself at age 40, I wasn t sure I was going to like this book about the life of a man, Edward Schuyler, in later middle age, who loses his wife and is faced with going on to live the rest of his life without her I mean, how could a woman author understand this life situation from a man s viewpoint any than a male author could relate to a woman s similar ordeal What I found was a very touching and humorous story of Edward s trials and tribulation s in facing his loneliness and gr [...]

    6. Hilma Wolitzer has become a favorite of mine since reading The Doctor s Daughter and, later, Summer Reading I really enjoyed this new novel, which I read as part of Library Thing s early reviewers program What could have been throw away chick lit or ma am lit, given her target audience was instead a meaningful exploration of continuing on after the death of a spouse The novel was interspersed with moments of needed humor as Edward navigated the dating world, but also deep tenderness Some of the [...]

    7. I gave this book the 73 page test and it didn t pass I was bored I read the last ten pages and decided to read books that interested me .The problems 1 Pacing It moved slowly It trickled.2 The main character was boring I realize he was depressed, but I got depressed reading about him.I think I was expecting since I d read good reviews of it Also, it might just be that I m not in the mood for a slow, sweet book right now.

    8. What a delightful book for light summer reading Here s the beauty of this book we are used to books exploring the theme of a middle aged single woman making her way in the strange new world of singlehood However, in this story, we see the world from the viewpoint of the middle aged bachelor, adrift and lonely in his world recently vacated by his beloved wife, who died of cancer There s clever and witty dialogue and interesting situations here Of course the difference between the widow and the wi [...]

    9. About a year after Edward s wife Bee dies, her children take it upon themselves to post a personal ad for him in the New York Review of Books While the resulting responses and encounters are a driving force of the first half of the book, the story is really of a character study of Edward and the evolution of his grief He reluctantly tries to move on, though he acknowledges his continuing devotion to his late wife and his appreciation for the life they had together There is a pervading sadness w [...]

    10. The protagonist of this book, Edward Schuyler, is a naive sixty two year old high school science teacher who has lost his wife to cancer The story concerns Edward s journey through death, grief, acceptance and a struggle to return to socializing and dating It is a sweet story Not one that I recommend people put at the top of their to read pile, but a sweet story nevertheless.Do not be fooled This is not about love in middle age Sixty two is not middle age Forty is And this is where I have proble [...]

    11. A pleasant change of pace from my usual reading I rather enjoyed listening to a story about a recently widowed retired man s return to the dating scene It elicited than a few chuckles from me although I wouldn t consider it a humorous book 3.5 stars

    12. As I was poking around websites, this was suggested as an Ove read alike The story follows a widower, who loved his deceased wife and was bereft without her, into the dating world Apparently a widower, of a certain age, is like fresh chum in the ocean, and the ladies are the sharks side note I have a beloved uncle, who found himself in just this situation, and sadly the story seems true Anyway, if your sole requirement of an Ove read alike is that it follows a lonely widower, than this is your b [...]

    13. This is a sweet story of a man who starts dating again after his wife dies He is an interesting character, and the women he dates are likewise fun to get to know.He is charming and has a great relationship with his step children and mother in law The adventures are funny at times and all the characters are believable and well developed I felt like it was someone I would know I don t think this would appeal to a young crowd, but it was a fun read for my age group.

    14. I enjoyed this book Good read on a widower, dealing with the loss of his beloved wife of years, and how to start to find his new normal He gets into some interesting situations

    15. What happens when a widower s children place a personal add to find a woman for their father to date This was a fun read with humor, love, and family bonds It explores the grief after loss of a spouse, and the journey of moving on.

    16. 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 marriage, secretly place a personal ad for him, in the local paper, not wanting him to face a life of loneliness They do not want to see him overwhelmed with sorrow and are hoping to send him down the road t [...]

    17. I am 64 years old and happily married, just like Edward Schuyler was before Pancreatic Cancer took his wife, Bee Although I don t share the grief the widower experiences, I can imagine the horror of facing life alone after years of sharing it with the person you love But the fact that Edward s situation scares me, didn t stop me from enjoying An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer It didn t hurt that an important scene took place at the Cloisters, one of my favorite places in New York.This book is a [...]

    18. In most couples, women outlive the men Check out any senior citizens gathering and you ll see that to be a man of a certain age gives you great opportunities, in some cases than you had at the peak of youth and virility In fact, we just happened to watch an episode of Stephen Fry in America made in 2006 and part of one episode he spoke to a couple of single men in the seniors dancing scene Pretty funny An Available Man picks up life with Edward Schuyler shortly after they death of his wife, and [...]

    19. I made an unfair comment while reading this that it was like putting comfy, familiar slippers on, but Wolitzer is worth much than this I have read several of her other books and enjoyed them all this is the first in a few years Wolitzer says that she finds bedrooms and kitchens just as interesting as boardrooms and something else, and I agree with her The personal, intimate details of a plain person can be infinitely fascinating, especially when the life described might be much like your own.Th [...]

    20. I won this advanced reader s copy in a giveaway.Knowing a couple of widowers I recognized some of the situations Edward was put it Women he didn t even know would call my grandfather to ask him how he was doing and if he was lonely Set ups were common.There were things I liked about Edward He does not drop out of the lives of his stepchildren and even maintains a relationship with his wife s elderly mother I actually heard a story about a man who told his sister in law that they were not related [...]

    21. I m not sure what I think of this book I found the premise interesting and the cover art baffling, but mostly I found that what was purported to be a gradual lifting of bereavement as a widower moved on with his life seemed startlingly quick as than two years or was it three yearsor four was crammed into fewer than 300 pages The passage of time was jumpy the seasons passed jerkily and suddenly and the present would often be interrupted by a series of scenes from the recent past I had trouble fi [...]

    22. An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer is the tender, funny, and at turns, heartbreaking story of what happens to a rather shy widower in his early 60 s when his step daughters and the local widows scheme to try and find him companionship and, perhaps, even love Edward Schuyler is a science teacher at a private school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan He is somewhat proper and retiring in both his professional and private life The death of his beloved wife, Bee, after a long illness seems both a b [...]

    23. 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 like a series of vignettes about a grieving man the scene where his well meaing friends try to set him up, the scene where his well meaing kids place a personal ad the scene where his friends decide enough is enough time to clear out reminders of his late wife I was actually pretty ag [...]

    24. I enjoyed An Available Man but I agree with other reviewers who said it could have been a bit shorter For me it got flabby in the late middle of the book for several chapters dealing with one of the main character s new romantic relationships I can pay this book my highest compliments about fiction it felt very real, and I cared about the main characters If it had been interesting or had a emotional climax, or packed a emotional punch, I would have liked it even I enjoyed it but not over the [...]

    25. This is dear story of a recently widowed man and his life after the death of his beloved wife A quickread, but fulfilling nonethless Edward, the main character had married late in life and had inheritedstepchildren and a mother in law, and had been blissfully happy for a short 20 years before his wifedied quickly from cancer Although understandably grief stricken, he continued to search for happiness where he could and has a smattering of brief, unsatisfactory liaisons before finding true love y [...]

    26. An Available Man is a quiet read and is just the ticket for a reader who wants to get to know the characters and visit the scenes as a fly on the wall or bird in the tree Edward has just lost the love of his life, his wife Bea, and soon after is inundated with dates or fix ups His stepdaughters, his friends and neighbors all just want him to not be alone and help him by placing a personal ad This sets off a series of letters and blind dates that are funny and poignant but leave him still missing [...]

    27. Wonderful little book I kept reading bits of others to make it last Wonderful language Telling sketches of the very authentic seeming characters Edward is a widower and the book covers the three years after the death of his wife.She had two children when they married but never had any together His continuing relationship with them and with his MIL are great MIL is 90 and an amusing, together and caring old bird Many tender moments such as when the dog dies and stirs up all his grief about his wi [...]

    28. 3.5 Edward loved his wife and had a hard time when she died, he even started ironing the clothes he still hadn t gotten rid of, all in order to feel closer to her We learn Edward s back story, how he met his wife and his two stepchildren Than woman start honing in, as if he wears a sign that says This man is free Partly amusing, partly sad, I probably would have given this 4 stars if he hadn t attempted to reunite with a woman who had broken his heart years ago I suppose that s author s prerogat [...]

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