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Lolly Winston

Teoksen Good Grief tekijä

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Includes the name: Lolly Winston

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Tekijän teokset

Good Grief (2004) 1,936 kappaletta
Happiness Sold Separately (2006) 859 kappaletta
Me for You (2019) 66 kappaletta
Le bonheur clé en main (2010) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Girls' Night Out (2006) — Avustaja — 224 kappaletta
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (2007) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta

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I was shocked at so many average reviews for this story. I believe in the merit alone that it portrayed mental illness and grief so accurately, and what to do about both, garners at least 4 stars for this story.

Most of the characters are very likable. Even the one who had the drinking problem, you can feel some empathy toward what it must be like to lose a child. Now, the sullen co-worker was not very likable. The story centers around two main characters, Sasha and Rudolph. Both have their own baggage. Rudolph has lost the wife of his dreams. Sasha is undergoing a divorce in a bad situation and has lost her only child in a swimming accident.

I felt like the casserole story was a wild goose chase. I understand that grief can make you do crazy things, like steal a casserole and eat it. However, the detail that went into that story as an aside, and how she buried her evidence, I was anticipating all the way until the very end of the story that Rudolph and Sasha were going to find it outdoors. We are to accept that the crazy coworker who falsely confessed did not do it. I never once thought he did. But somehow, a pharmacist who had a husband who handled the house loved her job, had so much to live for, was "stressed" and had an unexpected heart attack. To me, THAT was the stretch in the story. Now, I will admit that it pulled my heartstrings (no pun intended) when Bethany (Rudolph's first wife) asked about the fluttering heart feeling. My own mom had said something to me like that 1 1/2 years before her massive heart attack. She asked me if I had ever felt like that. I just looked at her and did not know what to say. I was a young married woman then, but I WISH I had gone with her to the heart specialist. She did end up seeing one, was on medication, but unexpectedly died of a massive heart attack.

There are so many teaching tools in this book. For instance, there are the false beliefs and stigma of entering a mental hospital. It is not anything like it used to be, assuming a person is admitted way before the behaviors are out of control. You don't automatically go in and get put in restraints and get electric shock treatment. You will find many people come from many walks of life and many talents. I would love to see high school students read this book and discuss it. They need to know real life as well as academics. They need to be able to recognize when a marriage is in trouble or failing. They need to realize when they need to get help when they can't function in life.

Read this book for the joy of love. I smiled when I read all the details about Rudolph. I am sure guys are going to say he makes them look bad. Well, Rudolph should be the standard for all husbands. Lovingly love your significant other and do whatever you can to make her happy.
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doehlberg63 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 2, 2023 |
First third was depressing, characters became deeper in second third and then I was hooked by the end. Almost put it down in the beginning though - just realistically depressing
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Asauer72 | 44 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 3, 2023 |
Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher.

I enjoyed her other books, especially Good Grief which I gave 5 stars to on Goodreads. This one was only 3 stars for me though.

I wanted to read a book about a male character for a change.

For some reason, Rudy seems older than 54 He's a part-time pianist at Nordstrom since he was downsized from his job. His late wife Bethany, who was a pharmacist in a hospital, had the good paying job it seemed before she died. He works with Sasha, who he considers a friend, who's from Hungary and wants a divorce from her husband but is having problems getting one since he seemed to disappear.

This book is sad in a way the way he is grieving for his wife and what happens a year later. After that, his life got better thanks to Sasha.
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sweetbabyjane58 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 16, 2023 |
Mom said she did not think I’d like this book
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MammaP | 44 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 12, 2023 |


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