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Man­less in Mont­clair; How a Hap­pi­ly Mar­ried Woman Became a Wid­ow Look­ing for Love in the Wilds of Suburbia

Amy Hol­man Edelman
  • Review
By – February 24, 2012
We all know you should nev­er judge a book by its cov­er, but still I was sur­prised to find this one much more enjoy­able than I expect­ed from its title and blurb. The first part of the sto­ry recounts how Isabel finds love with Michael and the details of their court­ing, mar­riage, and par­ent­hood togeth­er until his sud­den demise. The author inter­twines Isabel’s griev­ing process and accep­tance until her daugh­ters demand a new dad­dy. In the mean­time Isabel has found solace from a con­ve­nient but pos­si­bly tem­po­rary com­pan­ion. The sec­ond half of the book is humor­ous but weak­er as we read about Isabel’s hard­ship endur­ing end­less dates with an array of mis­fits in search of a hus­band. Edelman’s writ­ing style makes for a quick read as she touch­es on emo­tions that ring true for female readers.
Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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