112th: Reading Widows' Words
Join us at Book Culture on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm for a reading from Widows' Words.
Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words.
Some were widowed young, while others were married for decades. Some cared for their late partners through long terminal illnesses, while others lost their partners suddenly. Some had male partners, while others had female partners. Yet each of these women faced the same basic dilemma: how to go on living when a part of you is gone.
Widows’ Words is arranged chronologically, starting with stories of women preparing for their partners’ deaths, followed by the experiences of recent widows still reeling from their fresh loss, and culminating in the accounts of women who lost their partners many years ago but still experience waves of grief. Their accounts deal honestly with feelings of pain, sorrow, and despair, and yet there are also powerful expressions of strength, hope, and even joy. Whether you are a widow yourself or have simply experienced loss, you will be sure to find something moving and profound in these diverse tales of mourning, remembrance, and resilience.
Edited by Nan Bauer-Maglin.
Contributions by Alice Goode-Elman, Kelli Dunham, Penelope Dugan, Melanie K Finney, Ellen Schrecker, Raquel Ramkhelawan, Maxine Marshall, Lauren Vanett, Alice Derry, Michele Neff Hernandez, Elisa Clark Wadham, Deborah E Kaplan, P.C. Moorehead, Mimi Schwartz, Anne Bernays, Edie Butler, Debby Mayer, Sonia Jaffe Robbins, Barbara Marwell, Maggie Madagame, Roni Sherman Ramos, Doris Friedensohn, Nancy H Womack, Joan Michelson, Tracy Milcendeau, Merle Froschl, Andrea Hirshman, Molly A McEneny, Heather Slawecki, Kathleen Fordyce, Patricia Life, Nancy Shamban, Susanne Braham, Alice Radosh, Parvin Hajizadeh, Jean Y Leung, Joan Gussow, Kathryn Temple, Carrie L West, Lise Menn, Christine Silverstein, and Tara Sabharwal.