Widowish: A Memoir

Widowish: A Memoir

Melissa Gould’s uplifting and deeply moving memoir of grieving outside the box and the surprising nature of love.

When Melissa Gould's husband, Joel, was unexpectedly hospitalized, she could not imagine how her life was about to change. Overwhelmed as his condition tragically worsened, she had to believe that while Joel’s loss was permanent, so was their love.

Left to raise their young daughter on her own, and to act as if she could resume life without her beloved husband by her side, Melissa found that she didn’t fit the typical idea of widowhood or meet the expectations of mourning. She didn’t look like a widow or act like a widow, but she felt like one. Melissa was widowish.

Melissa’s personal journey through grief and beyond includes unlikely inspiration from an evangelical preacher, the calming presence of some Real Housewives, and the unexpected attention of a charismatic musician.

A modern take on loss, Widowish illuminates the twists of fate that break our world, the determination that keeps us moving forward, and the surprises in life we never see coming.

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    Widowish: A Memoir Reviews

  • Rebecca Johnson

    I got my copy in the Amazon monthly early releases this morning and finished this evening. At one point, while I was mid-gasp, ugly crying I asked myself, Why? Why on the first day of a new year full ...

  • Kristi Lamont

    I know it's ridiculous to judge someone for any reason, but in particular for their taste in music. Yet, here we are.....This book was extremely well-written and a very easy read, even though it dealt...

  • Julie

    Wow! Where do I begin? I don't think I quite knew what to expect going into this. I cried throughout most of the book, something I have never done before. I'm crying as I write this review.Widowish is...

  • Britt B

    Not at all what I thought it would be, one I would’ve stopped reading if that was a thing. I recognize that everyone deals with grief differently but the events/behaviors in this book were odd and c...

  • Jamie Jack

    Most of It Good, But...This is a book you certainly want to like because it is born of the author's pain and tragedy. She is very open and real about what has happened in her past—including the loss...

  • Lisa Godwin

    Could not put Melissa’s book down! I highly recommend her memoir to not only widows, but to anyone who is feeling alone in their grief. So many feelings and thoughts that Melissa had as she processe...

  • Vibliophile

    A touching story of love that lives on after deathDuring this pandemic, it's nearly impossible not to think about the possibility of dying & death - our own as well as those we love. Melissa Gould's t...

  • Barbara

    When the person you love has a life-threatening and debilitating disease, you are perhaps a few steps ahead of the mourning game. Melissa Gould had already had to adjust to her husband Joel having Mul...

  • Kate

    I felt Gould's dizzying frustration and devastation as her husband, age 50, got sicker and sicker in the hospital while the doctors didn't communicate very well, and couldn't find answers. I thought s...

  • Barbara Miles

    Really spoke to meI did not want to read this book. I HAD to read it.I knew it would bring my own terrible hospital memories flooding back, as I lost my husband in much the same way as the author.But ...