When Melissa Gould became a widow, she 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.
Her 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.
Melissa Gould takes readers on her journey through grief in all of its complexity, reminding us, in the end, of our endless capacity for love.
-Lori Gottlieb, NY Times Bestselling Author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Widowish is an unputdownable modern love story, the kind you don’t ever want to end. One of my favorite grief memoirs to date.
-Claire Bidwell Smith, Author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief
Melissa Gould shares her journey of love, loss, and more love with honesty, humor and surprising insights. I read Widowish straight through and now want regular updates on her life!
- Annabelle Gurwitch, Author of You’re Leaving When?
Melissa’s courage and warmth will make the reader feel like they are hearing the story of a close friend. Intimate and hopeful, Widows is a personal heartfelt memoir.
-Gabby Reece, Professional Athlete, Model and Host of The Gabby Reece Show Podcast
Melissa is a fantastic writer; the way she turned her eye on her own loss and struggle with her husband’s illness - plus the love that came afterwards - was truly gripping and inspiring. Her book made me feel like I was one of her
very closest friends.
- Zibby Owens, Podcast Host, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books
Melissa generously shares her journey of being both a younger-than-usual widowed person and widowed parent of a teenager. People wanting to better understand the widow experience will learn a lot from Widowish… and people who are widowed will feel less alone
after reading it.
-Jenny Lisk, Host of The Widowed Parent Podcast & Author of Future Widow
An impressively eloquent, deftly written, exceptionally candid personal story of love and loss and adaptation, Widowsh: A Memoir is a truly memorable read from
cover to cover.
-Midwest Book Review
Gould’s gripping debut memoir captures the traumatic experience of suddenly becoming a young widow. (She) brings a unique vulnerability to this memoir that will encourage readers to hold their loved ones closer and celebrate life.
- Publishers Weekly