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AN AVAILABLE MAN
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Wolitzer’s tale of a mid-life search for love is filled with gently crafted details and descriptions, some of which may hit too close to home for readers. The flowing prose hints at the pathos felt after the loss of a spouse and the humor to be found while searching for love late in life. The protagonist not only comes across as a real character, but as a man worthy of rooting for.
Widower Edward Schuyler is not ready to date despite the help of well-meaning friends or his stepchildren, who have placed a personal ad for “an available man.” After answering a couple of the responses, Edward, a practical science teacher, acknowledges the need to grieve in his own way before he can move on. After reconnecting with the woman who long ago left him at the altar, Edward discovers that dating after a loss is possible if the heart and body are willing. (BALLANTINE, Feb., 288 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed By: Karen Sweeny-Justice
Published: February 2012