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NOVEMBER 24, 2009
Widow's Season ~ Laura Brodie

****reviewed by CarolK

Recently I read a review of The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie. Some words like debut, grief, psychological fiction interested me. I looked Brodie up on the net. After reading the story behind the story I was hooked, so much so that I contacted Laura and she agreed to do a guest author blog post for Saxton Reads & Reviews which you'll find at

Her opening paragraph states:

Back in the 1990’s, when I was a graduate student at the University of Virginia, I got interested in a strange subject: husbands who fake their deaths in order to spy on their wives. I had encountered several of these men while researching a dissertation on widows in English literature, and the husbands weren’t real people—they were characters in plays, mostly from the 17th century.”

If that doesn't grab you, I'm not certain what will. Just the thought of husbands spying on their wives gave me the creeps but also intrigued me. Brodie's novel starts with the widow, Sarah McConnell spotting of her dead husband David at the local grocery store. Brodie's debut is a haunting tale, a beautifully told, lyrical journey in love and loss.

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