Paperback: 246 pages
Outskirts Press (April 2010)
The Unfaithful Widow is the first book by Barbara Barth, who at nearly 60 years of age, found herself abandoned by her husband – he died. How inconsiderate was that? Sorry, if this sounds insensitive, but this is the type of endearing humor and candidness woven throughout the book, a montage of memories of the author’s first year alone: some sad, funny, cheeky and naughty, including an x-rated chapter.
The chapters are organized into sections which reflect not only the seasonal changes but the metamorphosis that Barbara is experiencing within as she endeavors to come to grips with losing her soul mate, whilst sculpting a new life for herself. A corvette, an assortment of dogs, and a string of bad dates also help Barbara on her road to recovery and discovery.
The Unfaithful Widow is an engaging light, night-time, weekend or holiday read. The author’s cheekiness and naughtiness is refreshing, and her candid and humorous writing style made me feel I was sharing her journey over a coffee. I laughed, shed a tear and was kept captivated by her stories.
The book’s cover is nice and simple with a lot of white space, echoing (in my mind) the openness and candor of Barbara’s reflections. The cover, interior layout and altered art images (artistically set out) were Barbara’s visions, brought to life by her sister, an artist, and her friend, a graphic designer. They complement each stage of Barbara’s metamorphosis.
And the reason for the title? Well, you’ll have to read The Unfaithful Widow to find out, but who knew there was a rule about dating after the death of a spouse?
The Unfaithful Widow would make a lovely movie – a little in the vein of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, offering hope to those in a similar situation, or to just get out there and give life a go; it should appeal to both men and women.
Also you must check out the trailer on You tube. Make sure you have the volume cranked up, and tissues at hand (just in case).
Review by Helen Ross, Australian author and freelance writer, with a passion for talented independently published authors, and their books.
And to find out more about Barbara Barth, please scroll down to see my interview with this lovely lady (posted 16 August 2010).
Review of The Unfaithful Widow by Barbara Barth. Copyright Helen Ross 19 August 2010.