Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title

by Leslie Gray Streeter

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Overview

With her signature warmth, hilarity, and tendency to overshare, Leslie Gray Streeter gives us real talk about love, loss, grief, and healing in your own way that "will make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page" (James Patterson).

Leslie Gray Streeter is not cut out for widowhood. She's not ready for hushed rooms and pitying looks. She is not ready to stand graveside, dabbing her eyes in a classy black hat. If she had her way she'd wear her favorite curve-hugging leopard print dress to Scott's funeral; he loved her in that dress! But, here she is, having lost her soulmate to a sudden heart attack, totally unsure of how to navigate her new widow lifestyle. ("New widow lifestyle." Sounds like something you'd find products for on daytime TV, like comfy track suits and compression socks. Wait, is a widow even allowed to make jokes?)

Looking at widowhood through the prism of race, mixed marriage, and aging, Black Widow redefines the stages of grief, from coffin shopping to day-drinking, to being a grown-ass woman crying for your mommy, to breaking up and making up with God, to facing the fact that life goes on even after the death of the person you were supposed to live it with. While she stumbles toward an uncertain future as a single mother raising a baby with her own widowed mother (plot twist!), Leslie looks back on her love story with Scott, recounting their journey through racism, religious differences, and persistent confusion about what kugel is. Will she find the strength to finish the most important thing that she and Scott started?

Tender, true, and endearingly hilarious, Black Widow is a story about the power of love, and how the only guide book for recovery is the one you write yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316490719
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 348,896
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gray Streeter is an entertainment columnist for the Palm Beach Post. Her writing has been featured in the Miami Herald, Modern Loss, and elsewhere. Streeter's many speaking engagements include annual appearances at Camp Widow, a national organization for widowed people reaching nearly 500,000, and a series of book club events for women. Leslie lives in West Palm Beach with her mother, Tina, and her son, Brooks.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Now, This Is a Story All About How My Life Got Flipped-Turned Upside Down 3

Chapter 2 Love Is All Around 13

Chapter 3 Believe It or Not, It's Just Me 28

Chapter 4 Love, Exciting and New! 43

Chapter 5 You the Wife? 57

Chapter 6 Grief Cake 70

Chapter 7 Try Not to Ruin Your Romantic Weekend by Throwing Up Too Much 85

Chapter 8 Bashert 99

Chapter 9 To a Deluxe Apartment in the Sky 121

Chapter 10 The Life-Changing Magic of Sloppy, Grief-Based Housecleaning 139

Chapter 11 Life Is Unfair 156

Chapter 12 A Brand-New Life Around the Bend 173

Chapter 13 Healing: It's Like Putting Eyeliner on a Baby 188

Chapter 14 Will It Be "Yes" or Will It Be "Sorry"? 201

Chapter 15 Ready to Take a Chance Again. Maybe. Probably 213

Chapter 16 The Once and Future Roommate 224

Chapter 17 On with the Show 234

Chapter 18 You're Gonna Make It After All 246

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