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How to Talk to a Widower
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Jonathan Tropper is the author of Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, which was a BookSense selection, and Plan B. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. How to Talk to a Widower was optioned by Paramount Pictures, and Everything Changes and The Book of Joe are also in development as feature films. From the Hardcover edition.

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Not yet 30 and already a widower, Doug Parker must contend with a demanding twin sister who wants him to start dating and a stepson who would rather live with Doug than his own dad. With a reading group guide; optioned by Paramount -Pictures. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

A portrait of a modern guy in crisis, Tropper's third novel (Everything Changes; The Book of Joe) follows Doug Parker, whose life is frozen into place at 29 when Hailey, his wife of two years, is killed in a plane crash. Unable to leave the tony suburban house they once shared, he spends his days reliving their brief marriage from the moment he found her sobbing in his office over troubles with her first husband. At the same time, Doug's magazine column about grieving for his wife has made him irresistible to the media (book deals, television spots and the like are proffered) and to a wide array of women who find him "slim, sad and beautiful." Though stepson Russ is getting in trouble at school and Doug's pregnant twin sister, Claire, moves in, no amount of crying to strippers can keep Doug from the temptations of his best friend's wife or Russ's guidance counselor. Alternately flippant and sad, Tropper's book is a smart comedy of inappropriate behavior at an inopportune time. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Tropper has the twentysomething guy thing down to a science. His prose is funny and insightful, his characters quirky and just a bit off-balance but decent enough to take to our hearts."--Booklist "A portrait of a modern guy in crisis.... Alternately flippant and sad."--Publishers Weekly "Most resembles Lolly Winston's light, bright Good Grief.... [An] entertaining new contribution to lad lit."--Miami Herald From the Hardcover edition.

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