Title: The Widow’s Season
Author: Laura Brodie
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
Sarah McConnell’s husband had been dead for three months when she saw him in the grocery store.
What does a woman do when she’s thirty-nine, childless, and completely alone for the first time in her life? Does it mean she’s crazy to think she sees her late husband beside a display of pumpkins? Or is it just what people do, a natural response to grief that will fade in time? That’s what Sarah McConnell’s friends told her, that it was natural, would last a season, and then fade away.
But what if there was another answer? What if he was really there? They never found the body, after all. What if he is still here somehow, and about to walk back into her life?
I wasn’t sure what to make of The Widow’s Season when I first picked it up. Is it a mystery? A ghost story? Is it the story of a man who couldn’t face his life anymore, who chose to run away? What exactly is the premise behind this novel?
Since finishing the novel, I realized that there is no answer to that question – that’s the beauty of The Widow’s Season. The novel is filled with uncertainty, with questions. Like Sarah, the reader is never quite sure what is going on. Are the things we are seeing real? The ambiguity present in this novel makes it an engaging read that is difficult to put down.
Brodie’s writing style adds to this vagueness. Her prose is simply beautiful. It gives The Widow’s Season a real literary quality that readers will appreciate. It’s a novel about loss, about what it means to come to terms with death. At the same time, it’s about healing and love. As Sarah stumbles through her life, trying to come to terms with what has happened, it’s hard not to sympathize with her and feel her pain. In many ways, she is completely numb; that only adds to the uncertain quality present in the novel.
I really enjoyed reading The Widow’s Season. It was a very unique novel that was incredibly well done. I highly recommend this book to any fans of women’s fiction, or any literary fiction lovers looking for a quick read.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.