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Confessions of a Mediocre Widow : Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity
by Catherine Tidd


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I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song.

Involuntarily single. That's the true story of where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one.  Read more...


 
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Overview

I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song.

Involuntarily single. That's the true story of where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. Widowed with three children under six years old, a rusty resume, no fix-it skills, and no clue how to live life as a widow, Catherine can't help but be a little exasperated with her dead husband for leaving her to deal with life on her own.

Catherine's now in charge of her life in a way she never wanted to be, in a way that would have most of us reeling and numb. But she soon realizes that when you call the shots, you can make pedicures one of the stages of grief--and that moving forward might be more fun in a new sports car. Her honest Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a glimpse into the heartbreaking and sometimes humorous world of a young woman who learns that it is possible to find joy in an unexpected life.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402285226
  • ISBN-10: 1402285221
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 357
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.59 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.92 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

At 31, the author of this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous memoir is the happily married mother of three children under the age of five. In the very first pages, however, her world turns upside down when her 34-year-old husband dies from a brain injury following a motorcycle accident. But the grim and shocking opening (she spends three days in the ICU with her husband, emerging as a widow) is followed by an ultimately uplifting story, and thanks to Tidd’s keen sense of humor her tale never becomes maudlin. Instead, she invites readers to come along on her journey of self-discovery, traveling through the stages of grief, healing, and repair, from a state of disbelief and denial to an acceptance and even celebration of life and its capacity to change “in the blink of an eye.” Although Tidd attempts to be “the perfect widow,” she soon finds that putting pressure on herself is not the answer. So whether she is practicing “retail therapy,” facing a meltdown with her youngsters at Costco, or eventually dating, she learns to give herself a pass on perfection. Though the painful loss of her husband is palpable, Tidd eventually realizes that the freedom to find herself again is actually an opportunity for growth. Widowers and other readers will find inspiration and useful advice in her candid story (and in the closing “Tips for Widow(ers) and Those Who Support Them” section). (Jan.)

 
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