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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Good Grief by Lolly Winston. Good Grief by Lolly Winston. Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to iwnston a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow.

Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe ggood bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life.

But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet. Paperbackpages. Ashland, Oregon United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Good Grief winstonn, please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [loved this story, funny and sad, a wonderful ending hide spoiler ].

See 1 question about Good Grief…. Lists with This Book. I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head. Some of the descriptions of grief and the crazy things you think, feel, and do are absolutely spot on At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it’s absolu I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at winstn time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head.

At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it’s absolutely idiotic that the protagonist would be doing so cluelessly well within a year of her husband’s death. And I found the ending offensive, especially as a widow.

For trying to describe grief and all its insanity, the gried does an amazing job, but it’s obvious that she is NOT a widow and is simply imagining what a “happy” ending might be like. So I give it 4 stars for its description of grief, the author’s voice, and the narrative flow To anyone who’s experienced widowhood at an early age, it’s ludicrous and offensive kolly suggest that grieving is over within a year or that finding another man constitutes a happy ending, and books like this only help to reinforce that misconception.


View all 6 comments. Jan 02, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am filled up with so much love for this book.

I wonder if it’s visible, like a big red cartoon heart over my head? It may be a case of the right book, at the right time. What an honest, raw depiction of an all encompassing loss. The ending was sort lklly sudden, but it’s okay. I loved it all the same. View all 4 comments. Jul 10, Rhonda Rae Baker rated it really liked it. I loved this book! At first, I wasn’t sure if I should even buy it because of the expected start of the protagonist dying But because of the wlnston of grief, I thought to give it a try.

Yes, yes, and yes. I totally related to this story Having lost my brother, I became an only child. After losing my parents just a short five years later, I became a zombie trying to raise my children But when it comes to moving forward and processing the stages of grief, this author hits the nail on the head. Relating to the loss of spouse was also easy for me to relate to as it was like a death in the family even though he is very much gopd.

I was the one that died and part of my children’s hearts died as well when we were divorced. As we struggle this day to put our lives back together, I related to the teenager in this story and how she was ‘cutting’ to ‘feel’ godo because her mother had abused her by neglect. There were so many levels of seriousness in this story but with the way it was told gave such reality to the process of change in each of our lives.

I’m reminded of the book I read recently, called Loving What Is. We can’t change what winstln happened to us, we can’t change our vood situations, and we can’t predict what our future holds, but we can learn wwinston what life deals us and we can find a purpose in life and what adventures there are in store for us.

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We can learn to ‘let go’ and trust the future, Come What May. It’s like if we have one hand in yesterday and one in tomorrow then our today is crucified. I enjoyed the way this author could make me laugh at myself as I related to the protagonist grief process and even how she interwove the other character’s ‘changes’ in life. There was so much here that I felt healing coming into my spirit Not willing to fear the future and cast a cloud on today, my life has become an adventure full of surprises.

I’ll not fear what tomorrow will hold for me as if I’m predestined to have grief in my live forever but feel a freedom to savor each moment as if it were a present! Way to go Lolly, I’m a fan of yours and this novel was exceptional as well as priceless!

I will be reading it again Not only do I have many ‘family’ members in my life as this protagonist, I expect there will be more that cross my path who could be just what I need. Everything happens for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we will know the reason it happened to us. Bad things happen to good people, it’s just the way of life Even if we are plagued by ‘memory loss’ and ‘sickness’ it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our life the way it is.


Thanks for such a wonderful novel Bilo bi super da iz tugovanja svi dobijemo peticu, kao i glavna protagonistica! May 01, Abigail Hillinger rated it it was ok Shelves: Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my job last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it. It chronicles Sophie’s mental breakdown after she loses her husband to a cancer. Sounds very Lifetime-movie-of-the-week, I admit, but Winston managed to write something serious and make it tender and funny at the same time.

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

I was bummed when the book went missing and kept forgetting to buy my own copy. I finally read it and I was disappointed. When Soph Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my grrief last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it.

When Sophie decides to up and leave her town and move across the country with her recently-separated friend, I thought, okay, cool. Kind of a rogue widow. She wants to become a “better” person and becomes a big-sister to a pyromaniac year-old who is also a cutter. She screws up everything she does at first. But then the writing style delves into the chick-lit tone and I found myself predicting everything that was about to happen.

And I got bored.

The ending kind of felt too abrupt, even though I guess you know where it’s going. It felt too obvious and too goofy. All I could picture was Charlie Brown whenever I heard the title. Winston does an incredible job telling us what it’s like to be a young widower. The little details she puts here and there, the things that a widower won’t notice is missing until it happens, are touching. She goes for subtle in those instances rather than the big picture. And she is very, very funny at several parts.

The first few chapters were definitely her strongest. I think Winston just doesn’t know her style well enough yet. She’s great at self-deprecating humor and very intuitive, but she keeps seeming to go toward the genre that’s “easy”. Hopefully the next book she puts out won’t feel like that. I honestly have no idea.

Good Grief

Sophie Stanton is a widow at age Her husband died of cancer. This book looks at how she moves through the stages of grief. She tries to go to support groups. She self-medicates with strong prescription drugs with disastrous results.

She eats tons of food griec pints of ice cream, packages of Oreos – while sitting in bed crying and watching COPS. For weeks on end.