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The After Wife: A Novel

by Gigi Levangie Grazer

Random House Publishing Group | July 10, 2012 | Hardcover |

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Gigi Levangie Grazer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Starter Wife, returns with a hilarious and spirited tale of love-both lost and found.
 
L.A. is no place for widows. This is what forty-four-year-old Hannah Bernal quickly discovers after the tragic death of her handsome and loving husband, John. Misery and red-rimmed eyes are little tolerated in the land of the beautiful. But life stumbles on: Hannah's sweet three-year-old daughter, Ellie, needs to be dropped off at her overpriced preschool, while Hannah herself must get back to work in order to pay the bills on "Casa Sugar," the charming Spanish-styled bungalow they call home.
 
Fortunately, Hannah has her "Grief Team" for emotional support: earth mother and fanatical animal lover Chloe, who finds a potential blog post in every moment; aspiring actress Aimee, who has her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial; and Jay, Hannah's TV producing partner, who has a penchant for Mr. Wrong. But after a series of mishaps and bizarre occurrences, one of which finds Hannah in a posh Santa Monica jail cell, her friends start to fear for her sanity. To make matters worse, John left their financial affairs in a disastrous state. And when Hannah is dramatically fired from her latest producing gig, she finds herself in danger of losing her house, her daughter, and her mind.
 
One night, standing in her backyard under a majestic avocado tree, in the throes of grief, Hannah breaks down and asks, "Why?" The answer that comes back-Why not?-begins an astounding journey of discovery and transformation that leads Hannah to her own truly extraordinary life after death.

Praise for The After Wife
 
"Fans of Lolly Winston, Mary Kay Andrews, and Jennifer Weiner will especially enjoy Grazer's newest."-Booklist
 
"Hilariously funny and profoundly wise, The After Wife is for anyone who's ever been married or widowed, in debt or in love. I could not put it down: a fabulous read!"-Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls
 
"A charming tale of a grieving forty-ish widow-and the wacky friends who love her."-Los Angeles Times
 
"A book that is part Jacqueline Susann, part Real Housewives . . . Gigi Levangie Grazer [is a] Jimmy Choo'ed-out satirist."-National Post
 
"Fans of The Starter Wife will be equally charmed with The After Wife."-Library Journal
 
"Grazer's entertaining satire is sure to spice up any occasion."-Publishers Weekly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345523997

ISBN - 13: 9780345523990

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The After Wife: A Novel

by Gigi Levangie Grazer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345523997

ISBN - 13: 9780345523990

About the Book

Grazer, the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Starter Wife," returns with a hilarious and "spirited" tale of love--both lost and found set in Los Angeles.

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1 The Last Time September. Saturday. Time? Frikkin’ early. “Now? Really?” I said. “But, I’m so tired . . .” I pulled the covers over my head. “I just want to sleep in,” I said, my voice muffled. Work had been brutal this week. My producing partner-in-crime, Jay Oleson, and I had shot a reality show pilot in five days, watched helplessly as our director stormed off, were at the root of a possible lawsuit from a competing production company, and had been fired and rehired twice in three hours by the network head. But who was I kidding? My acting chops are on par with Snooki’s. “That’s what all the girls say at six in the morning,” John, my husband, said, in his hoarse morning voice as he tried to slide my pajama bottoms off without untying them. Well, guess what, my hips are actually bigger than my waist. This is where we consistently run into trouble. “I hate you,” I said, as I frantically slipped the pants to my ankles. I was already wet. My hands grabbed the headboard and held steady. “I hate you, too,” John said, his unshaven cheek against mine, his breathing heavy. He was already inside me. Our routine had been going on for a good . . . how old was Ellie? Our daughter, our curly-haired, chubby, nearsighted daughter. Born Valentine’s Day three years ago. So, over four years. “Ouch,” I said, shifting my hips. Pain and pleasure brough
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Gigi Levangie Grazer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Starter Wife, returns with a hilarious and spirited tale of love-both lost and found.
 
L.A. is no place for widows. This is what forty-four-year-old Hannah Bernal quickly discovers after the tragic death of her handsome and loving husband, John. Misery and red-rimmed eyes are little tolerated in the land of the beautiful. But life stumbles on: Hannah's sweet three-year-old daughter, Ellie, needs to be dropped off at her overpriced preschool, while Hannah herself must get back to work in order to pay the bills on "Casa Sugar," the charming Spanish-styled bungalow they call home.
 
Fortunately, Hannah has her "Grief Team" for emotional support: earth mother and fanatical animal lover Chloe, who finds a potential blog post in every moment; aspiring actress Aimee, who has her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial; and Jay, Hannah's TV producing partner, who has a penchant for Mr. Wrong. But after a series of mishaps and bizarre occurrences, one of which finds Hannah in a posh Santa Monica jail cell, her friends start to fear for her sanity. To make matters worse, John left their financial affairs in a disastrous state. And when Hannah is dramatically fired from her latest producing gig, she finds herself in danger of losing her house, her daughter, and her mind.
 
One night, standing in her backyard under a majestic avocado tree, in the throes of grief, Hannah breaks down and asks, "Why?" The answer that comes back-Why not?-begins an astounding journey of discovery and transformation that leads Hannah to her own truly extraordinary life after death.

Praise for The After Wife
 
"Fans of Lolly Winston, Mary Kay Andrews, and Jennifer Weiner will especially enjoy Grazer's newest."-Booklist
 
"Hilariously funny and profoundly wise, The After Wife is for anyone who's ever been married or widowed, in debt or in love. I could not put it down: a fabulous read!"-Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls
 
"A charming tale of a grieving forty-ish widow-and the wacky friends who love her."-Los Angeles Times
 
"A book that is part Jacqueline Susann, part Real Housewives . . . Gigi Levangie Grazer [is a] Jimmy Choo'ed-out satirist."-National Post
 
"Fans of The Starter Wife will be equally charmed with The After Wife."-Library Journal
 
"Grazer's entertaining satire is sure to spice up any occasion."-Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Gigi Levangie Grazer is the bestselling author of four previous novels, including The Starter Wife, first a miniseries and then a series on the USA Network, and Maneater, now a Lifetime miniseries. Her most recent book, Queen Takes King, is currently under option at Lifetime. Grazer has also written the screenplay for Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, and articles for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Glamour. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachshund.

Editorial Reviews

"Fans of Lolly Winston, Mary Kay Andrews, and Jennifer Weiner will especially enjoy Grazer's newest."-Booklist
 
"Hilariously funny and profoundly wise, The After Wife is for anyone who's ever been married or widowed, in debt or in love. I could not put it down: a fabulous read!"-Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls
 
"A charming tale of a grieving forty-ish widow-and the wacky friends who love her."-Los Angeles Times
 
"A book that is part Jacqueline Susann, part Real Housewives . . . Gigi Levangie Grazer [is a] Jimmy Choo'ed-out satirist."-National Post
 
"Fans of The Starter Wife will be equally charmed with The After Wife."-Library Journal
 
"Grazer's entertaining satire is sure to spice up any occasion."-Publishers Weekly
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