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Pam

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  • Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Becky Aikman
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
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    (24)

    In her 40s - a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role - Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.

    Sobriquet says: "Terrible"
    "A perfect gift if you know a widow!"
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    Where does Saturday Night Widows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saturday Night Widows?

    The trip to the lingerie store...such a tiny slice of real life.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am so glad I listened to the book. With voice, you absorb it in a different way, and Ann Marie's talent lets you create such a visual image of the characters and their activities. These women became my friends and I joined them on their journey.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm a widow of 3 years, and as I listened, over and over I recalled my own journey of widowhood. Often through my progress I wished I had other women I could have bonded with for support and encouragement and wanted to do what Becky had done, but I was bogged down with trying to keep 2 businesses solvent during the worst economic collaspe in history. I would have joined in a heartbeat if someone like Becky could have contacted me. I did look for grief groups but found only one cancer group and it was focused to families with children, so I relied on my friends and family. Oh yes, I had tears and laughter, over so many incidents within the story. This is such a reassurance of what is normal as you go through the strange and confusing and exhausting process of grieving. Part of the magic in this was that the women were all so different, yet that common thread of grief, lifted them up out of sorrow and gave each of them the courage to rebuild their lives. Every chapter is reality. Until you get there, you just don't know. This will give the newly widowed a lifeline of hope. The been widowed a while group, the assurance they are on track, and perhaps it will inspire more women to start similar groups. According to demographics its a growing society.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this as a gift to any widow. You can be sure they will get comfort, courage, and laughter from the story. Thank you Becky for sharing your story!

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