The widow's guide to sex and dating a novel
Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs.Claire’s life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie’s. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating).
Equal parts The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.
Then Charlie is improbably killed by a falling piece of art while walking home from a tryst with his publicist, and Claire finds herself with the burden (opportunity? She fumbles through dates set up by well-intentioned girlfriends, drinks a lot of wine, sleeps too much and consults a ridiculous series of questionable therapists.
When Charlie’s editor asks Claire to finish Charlie’s last book, Claire finds herself face-to-face with the book’s subject, movie star Jack Huxley.
Radziwill was back in her seat, a waiter handed her the business card of a person a few chairs down. Radziwill’s new admirer, Rori Sassoon, was a matchmaker scoping out the place for clients and connections. The problem is that they’re busy guys with more financial know-how than romantic know-how.“They’re geniuses in their professional lives, but in their personal lives they’re disasters,” Ms. But the quizzical look on the author’s face gave a fairly clear indication that she would not. In 1999, she lost her husband, Anthony Radziwill (son of Lee Radziwill; nephew to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), to cancer just weeks after her husband’s cousin John F. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Radziwill some advice about getting back out there. After that, she kept things light.“You think that because something so profound has happened, you’re going to emerge a much deeper person, but sexually all you want to do is get laid,” she said.
“I’m a big fan,” she said, before beginning a soliloquy about her work in high-end dating. Sassoon said, most members of the masters-of-the-universe set are looking for women with careers of their own. Radziwill’s own induction into widowhood was a far more complicated experience.