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An Available Man: A Novel epub ebook

by Hilma Wolitzer

An Available Man: A Novel epub ebook

Author: Hilma Wolitzer
Category: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (January 24, 2012)
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 0345527542
ISBN13: 978-0345527547
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 260
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p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-345-52756-1. 2. Older people-Fiction.

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Hilma Wolitzer knows how to write a compelling novel.

Edward Schuyler, a devoted high school science teacher, finds himself radically bereft when his beloved wife, Bee, dies after a painful illness. Hilma Wolitzer knows how to write a compelling novel.

In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention.

In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around

In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around.

cantly later than twenty minutes. Frances’s watch was one of those tiny things with little jeweled dots instead of numbers and such delicate hands they were hard to discern from even a foot or so away. And she kept moving her own hands around, fiddling with her purse and realigning the salt and pepper shakers. When had she become an ?

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of several novels, including Hearts, Ending, and Tunnel of Love, as well as the nonfiction book The Company of Writers. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of several novels, including Hearts, Ending, and Tunnel of Love, as well as the nonfiction book The Company of Writers.

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In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him.The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee’s memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating (“dating after death,” as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it’s least expected.With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age. Most of all, the novel celebrates the endurance of love, and its thrilling capacity to bloom anew.
Reviews (7)
watching to future
Wolitzer's got a great voice and is a truly talented writer. Edward, the novel's protagonist is just a darling of a man and anyone with even a modicum of imagination will be able to picture him. I don't think this book is "Literary." It doesn't really pose any deep, moral questions and the characters don't seem to stand for anything grandiose. But that's fine because it's just a delight to read. If you're looking for a decent comedy that doesn't pose any deep-questions and really want to enjoy some tight-writing, definitely pick this up. The world of a 62-year-old bachelor is a really humorous one. You won't regret reading this.

Cogelv
I picked up this book because I needed maturity in a main character. Needed being the operative word. You see, I just finished a book (and I wish I had put that other book down at the twenty percent mark and not wasted my time with the rest of it) about a twenty-two year old girl who in my opinion needed to grow up before even thinking about entering a serious relationship. I needed maturity and I thought this book was the way to go. I was right on that note.

At over a third of the way through this book, I was enjoying the story thinking this book was going to get four stars from me. The book is about Edward, a high school science teacher and amateur bird watcher in his early sixties who has recently lost his beloved wife, Bee. Over the course of the next three years, you watch Edward mourn, connect with the children he and Bee raised and start to enter the dating pool again at the prodding of said children who took it upon themselves to take out a singles ad for him in the paper.

A lonely Edward starts to feel comfortable with the idea of dating again and goes on a series of so-so first dates with the most promising of the letter writers until he finally gives up on that idea. He has a couple of friends/fellow teachers that he sometimes confides in and as his journey through grief and dating again continues you learn about Edward’s past family life, past love life and his hobbies/interests. The book is slow moving but steady as he connects and meets with old friends that knew him as a part of a couple, some well-meaning matchmaking attempts and revisiting old vacation spots with fond and sometimes painful memories.

And then he lets himself fall into something that was a total bone-headed, what on earth were you thinking, or which head were you thinking with rather, move which I don’t want to spoil so I won’t and I was a little taken off guard. It kind of ruined the flow of the book for me. I had no problem with the storyline up until this point and then Edward just kind of let himself get into a situation that he really should have not let happen. He made it sound like he did it because he’s just too nice but my empathy for him (as well as my interest in him as a character) took a serious hit at this point and I found myself skimming ahead at parts instead of absorbing the prose.

But then the story evened out again and I started to enjoy it more even if I never did recapture that earlier eagerness to see what would happen with Edward. Overall, I enjoyed the book and up to about halfway through I would have given it four stars; however, since I lost interest just after halfway through and had to wait for it to peak my interest again later on, which it did, I’m going to put it back down to three stars. I don’t regret reading it and found it to be a quick and for the most part enjoyable read. Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan and books don’t either.

Abandoned Electrical
This is definitely not my usual reading fare, and in fact I am not sure why I chose this book. Maybe it had something to do with having just had a root canal and needing something very light to read on a holiday weekend. Plus I think Amazon offered it as a Kindle special when I picked it up. It wasn't bad, just not particularly memorable. It's the story of Edward Schulyer, a recent widower, and his reintroduction into and resistance towards dating. As "an available man," it's not long before the sixtyish Edward starts getting calls from women he doesn't even know and his friends start trying to set him up. His stepchildren even place a personal ad in the New York Review of Books ("SCIENCE GUY. Balding but still handsome . . . "). The rest of the story is pretty much what you might expect. Edward initially resists dating any of the women who have responded to the ad but, lonely and curious, ends up giving in, with disastrous results. The one compatible woman he meets on his own . . . well, that ends up not working out well either. Then there is the former fiancee who left him at the alter decades ago. But never fear, love wins out in the end (of course). I will give Wolitzer credit for creating a sympathetic, likable character in Edward and for giving us what would seem to be a pretty good portrait of widowhood and life after from a man's point of view.

Ganthisc
I truly enjoyed this quick read... a gentle story of a widower's return to social existence and his search for a person with whom to share his life and his heart. I was not put off by the rather blunt scenarios of his dating experiences as some readers were. Rather I could identify with both his bewilderment and the women's hunger, loneliness, and need. I found the style of the novel encouraging, and felt comfortable with the book from the first chapter, There have been some reviews that were disappointed that more information was not forthcoming about the secondary characters, but I felt the opposite. There was just enough depth to make them real, but just enough surface to put the reader in the same position as the main character in viewing his world and reacting to it. In all, I was most pleased with this purchase and will look at the author's other work.

Wymefw
I absolutely loved this novel...my mother died recently leaving behind my dad after 63 years of a loving marriage and I found myself seeing our situations in Edward's. This book is marvelously written and I bookmarked many pages because I loved the audience the author's word choices and turns of phrase. I would recommend it to anyone who reads for enjoyment and I am going to suggest it for my book club because discussion would be fascinating.

Kann
Hilma Wolitzer knows how to write a compelling novel. She doesn't go for the absurd, or the magical, but gives the reader characters who seem intensely real, sharing with us their foibles, desires, dreams and defeats in clean clear prose. She gives us real life on the page. The result is a book that pulls no tricks yet is a page-turner right to the end. Ms. Wolitzer makes us want to know about the people she writes. That's her writer gift. I had a strong emotional reaction at the conclusion of this book. I was startled by the reaction, it snuck up on me. A most highly recommended novel.

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