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By John Irving

Ruth Cole is a posh, frequently self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman.  By no capability is she conventionally "nice," yet she's going to by no means be forgotten.

Ruth's tale is advised in 3 elements, every one targeting a vital time in her life.  When we first meet her--on ny, in the summertime of 1958--Ruth is simply four.

The moment window into Ruth's lifestyles opens within the fall of 1990, while Ruth is an single girl whose own existence isn't really approximately as profitable as her literary career.  She distrusts her judgment in males, for sturdy reason.

A Widow for One Year closes within the autumn of 1995, whilst Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother.  She's approximately to fall in love for the 1st time.

Richly comedian, in addition to deeply aggravating A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love tale of spectacular emotional force.  Both ribald and erotic, it's also a super novel concerning the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief.

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