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Publisher Comments:

"The funny thing about rock bottom is there's stuff underneath it. You think, This is it: I'm at the bottom now. It's all uphill from here! Then you discover the escalator goes down one more floor to another level of bargain basement junk."

In an age in which women are expected to be high achievers, thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow — a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with cartons of ice cream for breakfast, breaking down in the produce section at the supermarket, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers — soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, her house, and her waistline.

Desperate to reinvent her life, Sophie moves to Ashland, Oregon. But instead of the way women starting over are depicted in the movies — with heroines instantly being swept off their feet by Sam Shepard kinds of guys — Sophie finds herself in the middle of Lucy-and-Ethel madcap adventures with a darkly comic edge involving a thirteen-year-old with a fascination with fire and an alarmingly handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can't cope with — yet.

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, struggles, triumphs, and plenty of midnight trips to the fridge, Good Grief is a funny, wise, and heartbreakingly poignant novel from one of fiction's freshest and most exciting new voices.

Review:

"'The grief is up already. It is an early riser, waiting with its gummy arms wrapped around my neck, its hot, sour breath in my ear.' Sophie Stanton feels far too young to be a widow, but after just three years of marriage, her wonderful husband, Ethan, succumbs to cancer. With the world rolling on, unaware of her pain, Sophie does the only sensible thing: she locks herself in her house and lives on what she can buy at the convenience store in furtive midnight shopping sprees. Everything hurts — the telemarketers asking to speak to Ethan, mail with his name on it, his shirts, which still smell like him. At first Sophie is a 'good' widow, gracious and melancholy, but after she drives her car through the garage door, something snaps; she starts showing up at work in her bathrobe and hiding under displays in stores. Her boss suggests she take a break, so she sells her house and moves to Ashland, Ore., to live with her best friend, Ruth, and start over. Grief comes along, too — but with a troubled, pyromaniac teen assigned to her by a volunteer agency, a charming actor dogging her and a new job prepping desserts at a local restaurant, Sophie is forced to explore the misery that has consumed her. Throughout this heartbreaking, gorgeous look at loss, Winston imbues her heroine and her narrative with the kind of grace, bitter humor and rapier-sharp realness that will dig deep into a reader's heart and refuse to let go. Sophie is wounded terribly, but she's also funny, fresh and utterly believable. There's nary a moment of triteness in this outstanding debut. Agent, Laurie Fox. (Apr.) Forecast: With a 100,000-copy printing, a low price point, a huge publicity push and blurbs from Jennifer Weiner and Billie Letts, this should hit the lists. Book Sense pick for March/April." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Emotionally engaging, full of quirky characters with realistic problems, and capped with a satisfying conclusion, this first novel is a rare treat. Sophie is self-deprecating, smart-alecky, insecure, and so lost in grief and despair that we become instantly involved in her situation." Library Journal

Review:

"Tackling a difficult subject in a debut novel is a gutsy move, and Winston pulls it off with just the right blend of heartfelt humor and heartwarming humanity." Booklist

Review:

"If all this sounds perfectly familiar, it is, as 'women's fiction' assumes an increasingly hackneyed formula....Effervescent, silly debut: so eager to please that it reads like the speech of the candidate who won't open his mouth before the polls are consulted." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]ruly extraordinary....[S]trikingly original — and stunningly brave....Winston's story sparkles with wit and sympathy, but her musings on what it means to really live — even in the shadow of death — are the true reward here." BookPage

Review:

"There are thousands of books about looking for love, but not many about living through tragedy. This witty, big-hearted novel about a smart, funny young woman rebuilding her life fills that gap beautifully." Jennifer Weiner, author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes

Review:

"Good Grief is one of the best first novels I have ever read, and anyone who thinks there is nothing new to read about loss, pain, love, humor, and ultimate renewal, should grab this book now. I will remember it for a very long time." Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Low Country and Islands

Review:

"Love and grief are inseparable in life, and they shimmer in Sophie Stanton, the vivid character in Good Grief. With tender wit and deep insight, Lolly Winston has written a radiant novel." Luanne Rice, author of The Secret Hour

Review:

"A lighthearted and amusing novel about loss, grief, and the therapeutic effects of baking. I love Sophie Stanton, and I want her recipes." Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

Review:

"Lolly Winston had me from page one, really, from the first paragraph. She made me feel the grief that Sophie Stanton suffered. I wanted to put my arms around her, hold her, cry with her, and share a bottle of wine. She's a wonderful character in Good Grief, and now she's my friend." Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is

Review:

"Witty and touching...a book to treasure." Jennifer Crusie, author of Bet Me

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Billie Letts's Where the Heart Is and Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, Good Grief will appeal to anyone who knows what it is to lose a loved one and struggle to move on. Lolly Winston has a beautiful, original voice. In this astonishing debut novel, she takes a sad situation and artfully finds the humor and pathos to make readers smile and break their hearts at the same time.

Synopsis:

Good Grief is a brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband.

Synopsis:

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, house...and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she's involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can't cope with-yet.

About the Author

Lolly Winston is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Redbook, Family Circle, Working Mother, and many other publications. She lives with her husband in California.

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Deborah Fochler, August 27, 2007 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
Will have you laughing and crying at the same time. It is not a book you will soon forget. Sophie becomes a part of you. Lolly Winston deals with death and grief in a real no holds barred type of way. It is not pretty, it is not easy but somehow we all get thru it. And maybe that is what she is trying to teach with this book, that you just have to hang on and find a way to pick up the pieces no matter how small and start over. As you finish the book, you are left with - hope.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446533041
Author:
Winston, Lolly
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Young women; Widows; Loss; Grief; New beginnings; Female friendship; Unexpected love; Emotional healing
Copyright:
Series Volume:
1324
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.74 lb

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Product details 368 pages Warner - English 9780446533041 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'The grief is up already. It is an early riser, waiting with its gummy arms wrapped around my neck, its hot, sour breath in my ear.' Sophie Stanton feels far too young to be a widow, but after just three years of marriage, her wonderful husband, Ethan, succumbs to cancer. With the world rolling on, unaware of her pain, Sophie does the only sensible thing: she locks herself in her house and lives on what she can buy at the convenience store in furtive midnight shopping sprees. Everything hurts — the telemarketers asking to speak to Ethan, mail with his name on it, his shirts, which still smell like him. At first Sophie is a 'good' widow, gracious and melancholy, but after she drives her car through the garage door, something snaps; she starts showing up at work in her bathrobe and hiding under displays in stores. Her boss suggests she take a break, so she sells her house and moves to Ashland, Ore., to live with her best friend, Ruth, and start over. Grief comes along, too — but with a troubled, pyromaniac teen assigned to her by a volunteer agency, a charming actor dogging her and a new job prepping desserts at a local restaurant, Sophie is forced to explore the misery that has consumed her. Throughout this heartbreaking, gorgeous look at loss, Winston imbues her heroine and her narrative with the kind of grace, bitter humor and rapier-sharp realness that will dig deep into a reader's heart and refuse to let go. Sophie is wounded terribly, but she's also funny, fresh and utterly believable. There's nary a moment of triteness in this outstanding debut. Agent, Laurie Fox. (Apr.) Forecast: With a 100,000-copy printing, a low price point, a huge publicity push and blurbs from Jennifer Weiner and Billie Letts, this should hit the lists. Book Sense pick for March/April." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Emotionally engaging, full of quirky characters with realistic problems, and capped with a satisfying conclusion, this first novel is a rare treat. Sophie is self-deprecating, smart-alecky, insecure, and so lost in grief and despair that we become instantly involved in her situation."
"Review" by , "Tackling a difficult subject in a debut novel is a gutsy move, and Winston pulls it off with just the right blend of heartfelt humor and heartwarming humanity."
"Review" by , "If all this sounds perfectly familiar, it is, as 'women's fiction' assumes an increasingly hackneyed formula....Effervescent, silly debut: so eager to please that it reads like the speech of the candidate who won't open his mouth before the polls are consulted."
"Review" by , "[T]ruly extraordinary....[S]trikingly original — and stunningly brave....Winston's story sparkles with wit and sympathy, but her musings on what it means to really live — even in the shadow of death — are the true reward here."
"Review" by , "There are thousands of books about looking for love, but not many about living through tragedy. This witty, big-hearted novel about a smart, funny young woman rebuilding her life fills that gap beautifully."
"Review" by , "Good Grief is one of the best first novels I have ever read, and anyone who thinks there is nothing new to read about loss, pain, love, humor, and ultimate renewal, should grab this book now. I will remember it for a very long time."
"Review" by , "Love and grief are inseparable in life, and they shimmer in Sophie Stanton, the vivid character in Good Grief. With tender wit and deep insight, Lolly Winston has written a radiant novel."
"Review" by , "A lighthearted and amusing novel about loss, grief, and the therapeutic effects of baking. I love Sophie Stanton, and I want her recipes."
"Review" by , "Lolly Winston had me from page one, really, from the first paragraph. She made me feel the grief that Sophie Stanton suffered. I wanted to put my arms around her, hold her, cry with her, and share a bottle of wine. She's a wonderful character in Good Grief, and now she's my friend."
"Review" by , "Witty and touching...a book to treasure."
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Billie Letts's Where the Heart Is and Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, Good Grief will appeal to anyone who knows what it is to lose a loved one and struggle to move on. Lolly Winston has a beautiful, original voice. In this astonishing debut novel, she takes a sad situation and artfully finds the humor and pathos to make readers smile and break their hearts at the same time.
"Synopsis" by , Good Grief is a brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband.
"Synopsis" by , Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, house...and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she's involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can't cope with-yet.
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