The Widow's Tale

The Widow's Tale

Book - 2010
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A newly-widowed woman has done a runner. She just jumped in her car, abandoned her (very nice) house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast. Now she's rented a tiny cottage and holed herself away there, if only to escape the ceaseless sympathy and insincere concern.

She's not quite sure, but thinks she may be having a bit of a breakdown. Or perhaps this sense of dislocation is perfectly normal in the circumstances. All she knows is that she can't sleep and may be drinking a little more than she ought to.

But as her story unfolds we discover that her marriage was far from perfect. That it was, in fact, full of frustration and disappointment, as well as one or two significant secrets, and that by running away to this particular village she might actually be making her own personal pilgrimage.

By turns elegiac and highly comical, The Widow's Tale conjures up this most defiantly unapologetic of narrators as she begins to pick over the wreckage of her life and decide what has real value and what she should leave behind.

Publisher: London : Faber, 2010.
ISBN: 9780571206230
0571206239
Branch Call Number: JACKS
Characteristics: 246 p.

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AnnaArmitage
Jul 05, 2011

I enjoyed this book; I enjoyed the characters' reaction/action to her widowhood. I'm not a widow, but I certainly could relate to her feeling 'crowded' and having difficult assimilating the sudden changes to her life. Certainly an interesting reaction, anyway. And a good story.

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