Monday, February 18, 2013

ARC ReView of SATURDAY NIGHT WIDOWS: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman


 NonFiction / Memoir - 352 pages
Crown (first published in 2013)

This book was supposed to be powerful involving themes like the experience of grief and loss, remarriage and unconventional ideas, emotional peaks and valleys, and the transforming influence of having good friends around you.  I didn't really feel it.  Maybe it's not my time for this book.  Otherwise I thought there were some good parts...


If I can say that there was one useful message from this book, from my perspective anyway, it would have to be that there is HOPE even in our darkest hours of life; that we may be lifted and brought to a more peaceful and joyous place.  And that happens either through our own will or through the people around us, or both.

The other thing I want to point out is that this book is a testament to womanhood.  I deeply admire women who can lift one another and can be support systems for each other.  I think this used to be more the case in the past than it is now in the present, so I found it refreshing to still see a generation of women coming together through a common event and making life worthwhile for one another.

I think I will come back to this book later in life.  I'd like to see what I think of it in a decade or so when I have gone through more similar tribulations.  Until then I will leave at this.  I enjoyed the writing.  It just wasn't my cup of tea.  I recommend it to anyone who has found themselves through the death of a loved one and who hopes to gain some insight on the connections we build with people and how that can help us through our darkest emotions.




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