The widows guide to sex and dating
Radziwill knows that her intellect will be called into question – as it should be, since she chooses to star in The Real Housewives of New York and, from what I saw, does not come across as a younger Joan Didion.Although, in her defense, the editors of these shows are probably instructed to make all the women appear as vapid as possible.Had I not known her name as a writer, I would never be able to tell the difference between her and the other women on the show. Do the Real Housewives of Any City always blend into one another or do they develop distinct personalities if you watch the show for long enough? She never really mourns her husband’s death but that’s okay because Claire Byrne does not need anyone’s pity.He’s clearly left her with plenty of money, so the main issue becomes her widow virginity.
In The Widow’s Guide, she’s more at ease discussing People Magazine than Hannah Arendt and I wish she’d just give us more of the fun stuff, her forte.But the back cover features praise for this book, Radziwill’s journalism, and her memoir (What Remains), from Susan Sarandon, Christiane Amanpour, and The New York Times Book Review.Radziwill has had an interesting life and if there is anyone qualified to write an entertaining book on widowhood, it’s her.According to her Wikipedia page, she and her late husband were very close friends of John F. and Carolyne Bessette-Kennedy, both of whom died in a plane crash within a month of Radziwill’s husband dying (of cancer, when he was only 40).
Claire Byrne, the protagonist of The Widow’s Guide, is obviously modeled on Radziwill herself.
It’s funny, but is Radziwill clever enough to comment on the fact that these are markers of an intellectual high life in this social circle?