This February, Little A will publish Melissa Gould’s hopeful memoir of grief and love, WIDOWISH: A Memoir (Little A; on sale February, 2nd 2021). In her literary debut, award-winning television writer, Melissa Gould, shares her story of heartache and resilience in the wake of unimaginable loss. The popular author of the New York Times essay “My Husband Died and All I Got Was This Sweatshirt” and the Los Angeles Times piece, “Can One Person Have Two Soulmates?” has reclaimed what it means to be a widow.
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.