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How to talk to a widower
Jonathan Tropper
Adult Fiction TROPPER

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Summary: "Beautifully crafted", "Fantastically funny." "Compulsively readable." Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim---and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta--for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of families in crisis and men behaving badly. Now the acclaimed author ofThe Book of JoeandEverything Changestackles love, lust, and lost in the suburbs--in a stunning novel that is by turns heartfelt and riotously funny. Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity--the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Clair, who's just left he husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his Grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and manically determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost. Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape. From the Hardcover edition.


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main characters Doug Parker
Male
Age: 29
Twin
Wife of two years died in a plane crash; displays his grief in his magazine columns; his teenage stepson is getting into constant trouble; his pregnant twin sister moves in with him; best friend's wife flirts with him.
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Clair
Female
Twin
Doug's twin sister; just left her husband; moved in with Doug.

Debbie
Female
Engaged
Engaged to Doug's ex-best friend; determined to have the perfect wedding.



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