Good Grief

Good Grief

A Novel

Book - 2004
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A brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband. The perfect book for anyone who has ever been heartbroken, lost someone they loved, or eaten too many Oreos.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780446533041
0446533041
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm.

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iloveseaotters
Jan 26, 2020

**Spoilers ahead***

I tried reading this book several years ago and didn't like it at all. I lost my husband in January of 2019 and decided to give "Good Grief" another try, thinking that it might be helpful.
The first part is pretty realistic as far as some of the grief process goes; the various emotions are similar to what I've been going through. I even felt better about myself because I am proud to say that I have never gone to work in my pajamas and slippers. I have considered a move to Oregon and there is something similar in this story, so that part interested me. But halfway through the book it feels like the writer gave up and handed it over to someone else to finish.
I admit it, I can't stand the character of Crystal and although I get that Sophie was trying to gain companionship I would have dumped this loser girl in the very beginning.
I have to point out the things that make this book so far fetched , like Sophie selling her house in just a few days and being at the house during the showings, even going out to dinner with the buyer!
She finds a boyfriend fairly quickly once she arrives in Oregon and although I liked the sections where Sophie was going to the grief counseling group that was about the end of the realism of this book.
I don't understand the reason for almost an entire chapter devoted to Sophie and Ruth taking Ethan's clothes to Goodwill. I almost stopped reading it all together after that.
This book tries really hard to be helpful in showing grief but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if I found a lousy job that turned into a dream one it would have made more sense.
I was going to try another book by this author but now I think I'll pass.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 18, 2015

To be honest, I had low expectations, thinking this would be one of those chick-lit things that are overwritten and end with some hunk of a man and happily-ever-afters.... but I was wrong! Thankfully. It was an easy read, but it was funny and touching and didn't wrap everything up in a nice neat package at the end. The characters were left in mid-stride, still living their lives without any perfect solutions to their problems. I enjoyed this book a lot.

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trincm
Feb 07, 2015

Absolutely love this book, now I have read it twice. Just as good as the first time. A must read, will have you laughing and crying. Winston is an exceptional writer, she should write more. Guaranteed a great read.

jkn14x Nov 03, 2012

This book manages to make grief hilarious without downplaying or diminishing it. If you haven't yet suffered the loss of someone close to you, this will give you some idea of what the bereaved are going through, and if you are bereaved, make sure you're not with stuffy disapproving relatives when you read this, because you'll be rolling on the floor laughing. It will soothe you, restore your sanity, and give you hope for a future in which you're not incapacitated by grief.

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kerfuffle
Dec 10, 2010

Entertaining and somewhat realistic (with some hilarious exaggerations) story, ends with an interesting twist.

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