Saturday Night Widows

The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

By Becky Aikman
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307590442, 353pp.)

Publication Date: December 31, 2013

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In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, Becky Aikman--a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role--forms an unlikely group with five other young widows, each seeking a way forward in a strange and disquieting world. A warm, witty, and compassionate guide on this journey, Aikman explores surprising new discoveries about how people are transformed by adversity, learning the value of new experiences, humor, and friendship. The Saturday Night Widows band together to bring these ideas to life, striking out on ever more far-flung adventures and navigating the universal perils of finding love and meaning.
Theirs is a transporting true story of six marriages, six heartbreaks, and one shared beginning--an inspiring testament to what friends can achieve when they hold each other up. "Saturday Night Widows" is the rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize.
Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus content.

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  1. When Becky first convenes her group of “renegade widows,” she worries that they won’t feel a bond because their personalities are so different. Which is more important in forging friendships, similar personalities or shared experiences?

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