The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating - Carole Radziwill

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

By Carole Radziwill

  • Release Date: 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 135 Ratings


"Radziwill's delicious debut novel… is a poignant tale of love and loss."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the richest, most deeply satisfying stories I've read in a long time."—BookPage

"Carole Radziwill writes like a cross between Sophie Kinsella and Christopher Buckley. Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny!"—Susan Sarandon

The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had

Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he's a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire's life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... a Giacometti, no less!
Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before—maybe even, possibly, love.


  • Disappointed

    By Annmc9
    I loved her first book, but this one fell flat. The book was over before it really developed. I'm so disappointed I really wanted to like this one. Ann M Seattle WA
  • A surprisingly great book!

    By Taradara75
    I said surprisingly because of the author's present media activities. But I'm happy I got over my initial resistance to read a book by a reality tv whatever ( I hate using the star word when associated with reality tv). Carole is a great author and this book was worth the time.
  • Widows Guide To Sex And Dating

    By Tsackler
    Loved her first book. Could not get through this one.
  • Smart

    By Beautiful writing
    It's noon on a beautiful Sunday. What a treat to lay in bed and enjoy such smart writing. It was such a wonderful departure from the other silly little books out there. Don't miss it.
  • What a great read!

    By Kckroq
    Very enjoyable read, worth getting into and fun stories!
  • Great read

    By mkonstantellis
    Read it it's very good
  • So disappointing

    By Gigipiper
    I loved Carole's first book and was so looking forward to this novel. I found it difficult to get through the first 100 pages, where I finally gave up on the entire book. Sorry to say this is one of the most tedious books I've read in a very long time. I was expecting better.
  • The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

    By hammocking
    Really disappointing. Eagerly anticipated this book after reading last book.
  • Disappointed

    By Tjmjs
    So loved her first book. This one rambles a lot. Just disappointed.