Friday, August 9, 2013

The Widow's To Do List - A new voice in contemporary British fiction

A tender, moving story of a widow’s journey from grief to acceptance to moving forwards in her life in a world where sex is everywhere but death is still the great taboo

a novel by Stephanie Zia
PAPERBACK ISBN-13: 978-1492143680  ISBN-10: 1492143685
CATEGORIES: Fiction/Contemporary Women 
PUBLISHER: Blackbird Digital Books, London 

"A beautiful life interrupted then healed by the songs of Leonard Cohen." 

“Insightful and delightful, full of thoughtful dialogue and exceptional clarity.” HUFFINGTON POST BOOKS

A year after her husband's death, backup singer Sally Lightfoot, 50, is resigned to aging gracefully - with added chocolate. She misses her irreplaceable husband desperately. In an attempt to climb out of her rut, Sally is following a to do list in her self-help book How To Win As A Widow but her wildchild rock chick friend, Ramone, has other ideas and sexes up Sally's list considerably:

1.Don't do anything rash. Consider, one minute max. Decide, one minute max. DO. Done! Keep on MOVING....!
2.Don't let your worries about the future escalate out of control. Stay in the present moment. Meditation classes are good for this. Forget thinking about nothing, GET ON WITH IT.
3.Wear mascara every day, even if you're not going out. Mascara's not a magic wand. HAIR and HEELS - top and toe with style and let the rest take care of itself.
4.Get some new clothes. LESS is MORE with clothes, get a killer dress. EVERY woman should own a Westwood. 
5.Exercise - train for a Fun Run. Whoever wrote this needs to run away from themselves. Running round in circles every day is for nuts. Get an exercise ball and let it do the work - 20 sit ups 3 times a day, 10 minutes max and you're done.
6.Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Make that one bottle of champagne a day. OTT? A couple of vodka sharpeners then, or GOOD wine.
7.Get a dog. Speak to strangers NOT their dogs.
8.Go on group activity holiday or cruise. NO GROUP TOURS - ALONE is the way to meet people that are WORTH meeting.
9.Volunteer. Get a JOB, SING girl SING!
10.Join an evening class. Life's too short for papier mache clubs, get ON WITH IT, GET DOWN AND LOSE YOUR WIDIDITY *** NUMBER ONE TASK 

Sally must get back out there and lose her wididity, her born-again virginity, before she crumbles into sexless middle age.

“One minute this book has the reader laughing out loud, the next we are sobbing. Romantic, hilarious, engaging and highly perceptive.” THE WRITING COACH

“Last night I finished it before my cats got fed.” ELIZABETH BACON-SMITH

“An awesome read. Well written and highly entertaining.” GEEKY GIRL REVIEWS

“The character development is amazing. Sally grows so much once she starts to revaluate herself and regroup herself as a woman and mother. The book has an intensity that shows up at each page.” MURPHY’S LIBRARY

“As with a coming of age story, those who are going through a similar situation can take comfort in the fact that the difficulties are universal. Those who have already been there (and those convinced they never will) can laugh at Sally’s foibles.” TOP US BOOK BLOG REVIEWER BIG AL AT BIG AL’S BOOKS & PALS

“A wonderful story about a woman learning to find herself again. It did remind me a little of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, but it was different enough to stand on its own merits and be enjoyable. If you enjoy a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster while rooting for the main character, this is the book for you.” LITERARY R&R

“This is the best book ever. That’s the only way to describe it!” RITA REVIEWS

"A new voice in contemporary British fiction"

Formerly titled Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age

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