Most of the popular summer reads are about relationships, fun, and parting. But there are some that are full of some tough issues like death. In the novel The Widow Waltz By Sally Koslow, Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband a successful lawyer has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.
This novel was very different than the normal summer reads that are promoted. But this novel is a great way to show how people can bounce back and reinvent themselves after a tragedy. Also, her younger daughter, Luey, carries a secret of her own, and her eldest, Nicola, returns home from Paris to attend Ben’s funeral and adjust to life without his support. Initially, the three women hold a tight rein on their emotions, but as their stories unfold in alternating passages, they reveal their vulnerabilities and newfound strengths, drawing the reader in. This heartfelt, witty addition to women’s fiction will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Berg.
Enjoy, this summer read about making a new life and succeeding after a death of a loved one!