Jonathan Santlofer: The Widower's Notebook

Submitted by AWM on Thu, 09/13/2018 - 3:50pm
Jonathan Santlofer, The Widower's Notebook, American Writers Museum
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Bestselling author/artist Jonathan Santlofer presents his memoir THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK. Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, it is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love.

On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had--writing, social engagements, and working on his art--but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years.

“This is deeply moving … beautifully written and modulated, with a dollop of droll, black humor. It is such an achievement, like running uphill against a strong wind.” –Joyce Carol Oates

Jonathan Santlofer is an author and artist. He is the author of the international bestselling novel, "The Death Artist," as well as "Color Blind," "The Killing Art," "The Murder Notebook," and "Anatomy of Fear," which won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. He recently created and edited The New York Times Notable Book, "It Occurs To Me that I Am America," a collection of original work by more than 50 of today’s best known authors and artists.

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