Widowish is Melissa Gould’s hopeful memoir of grieving outside the box and the surprising nature of love.
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“In Widowish, 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, New York Times bestselling Author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
“Melissa’s courage and warmth will make the reader feel like they are hearing the story of a close friend. Intimate and hopeful, Widowish is a personal and heartfelt memoir.”
— Gabby Reece, Professional Athlete, Model, and Host of The Gabby Reece Show Podcast
“No one gets through this life without suffering some kind of loss and Melissa Gould shares her journey with honesty, humor and surprising insights. I read it straight through and now want regular updates on her life! Widowish is going to break your heart in the best way possible.”
— Annabelle Gurwitch, Author of I See You Made an Effort and Wherever You Go, There They Are
"An impressively eloquent, deftly written, exceptionally candid personal story of love and loss and adaptation, Widowish: A Memoir is truly memorable from cover to cover."
— Midwest Book Review
“ Widowish is an unputdownable modern love story, the kind you don’t ever want to end. Except when it does, Melissa Gould gives us a transformational tale of modern loss, and how grieving doesn’t always have to look the way we thought. One of my favorite grief memoirs to date.”
— Claire Bidwell Smith, Author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief
"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, Author & Podcast Host of Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books
“Gould's narrative is remarkable in how she skillfully dissects the day-to-day minutiae of grief, particularly the strange ways in which surrounding herself with community provided comfort but also reminded her of what she lost. Gould brings a unique vulnerability to this memoir that will encourage readers to hold their loved ones closer and celebrate life.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The main strength of this memoir is Gould’s insight into the impact that spousal loss has on personal identity …Gould’s book will appeal to women seeking to understand the meaning of widowhood.”
— Kirkus Review
"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
"In her memoir, Gould explores the many dimensions of mourning, how help can come from unexpected places — whether it's an evangelical preacher or the Real Housewives — and how to rebuild your life when it falls apart."
—A Mighty Girl (The 2021 Mighty Women Reading List for Adults)
When Melissa Gould’s husband was unexpectedly hospitalized, she could not imagine how her life was about to change. Overwhelmed with uncertainty as Joel’s condition tragically worsened, she offered him the only thing she could: her love and devotion. Her dedication didn’t end with his death.
Left to resume life without her beloved husband and to raise their young daughter on her own, Melissa soon realized 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.
Praised as one of the best books on grief, Widowish is a modern take on loss that 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.