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Nan Bauer-Maglin "Widow's Words"

Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words.
Some were widowed young, while others were married for decades. Some cared for their late partners through long terminal illnesses, while others lost their partners suddenly. Some had male partners, while others had female partners. Yet each of these women faced the same basic dilemma: how to go on living when a part of you is gone.
Widows’ Words is arranged chronologically, starting with stories of women preparing for their partners’ deaths, followed by the experiences of recent widows still reeling from their fresh loss, and culminating in the accounts of women who lost their partners many years ago but still experience waves of grief. Their accounts deal honestly with feelings of pain, sorrow, and despair, and yet there are also powerful expressions of strength, hope, and even joy. Whether you are a widow yourself or have simply experienced loss, you will be sure to find something moving and profound in these diverse tales of mourning, remembrance, and resilience.


NAN BAUER-MAGLIN worked at City University of New York for almost forty years as a professor and administrator. She now volunteers for Girls Write Now and The Whitney Museum. She is the editor or coeditor of many books, including Cut Loose: (Mostly) Older Women Talk about the End of (Mostly) Long-term Relationships.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
Widows' Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between Cover Image
By Nan Bauer-Maglin (Editor), Alice Goode-Elman (Contributions by), Kelli Dunham (Contributions by), Penelope Dugan (Contributions by), Melanie K. Finney (Contributions by), Ellen Schrecker (Contributions by), Raquel Ramkhelawan (Contributions by), Maxine Marshall (Contributions by), Lauren Vanett (Contributions by), Alice Derry (Contributions by), Michele Neff Hernandez (Contributions by), Elisa Clark Wadham (Contributions by), Deborah E. Kaplan (Contributions by), P.C. Moorehead (Contributions by), Mimi Schwartz (Contributions by), Anne Bernays (Contributions by), Edie Butler (Contributions by), Debby Mayer (Contributions by), Sonia Jaffe Robbins (Contributions by), Barbara Marwell (Contributions by), Maggie Madagame (Contributions by), Roni Sherman Ramos (Contributions by), Doris Friedensohn (Contributions by), Nancy H. Womack (Contributions by), Joan Michelson (Contributions by), Tracy Milcendeau (Contributions by), Merle Froschl (Contributions by), Andrea Hirshman (Contributions by), Molly A. McEneny (Contributions by), Heather Slawecki (Contributions by), Kathleen Fordyce (Contributions by), Patricia Life (Contributions by), Nancy Shamban (Contributions by), Susanne Braham (Contributions by), Alice Radosh (Contributions by), Parvin Hajizadeh (Contributions by), Jean Y. Leung (Contributions by), Joan Gussow (Contributions by), Kathryn Temple (Contributions by), Carrie L. West (Contributions by), Lise Menn (Contributions by), Christine Silverstein (Contributions by), Tara Sabharwal (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780813599533
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Published: Rutgers University Press - May 3rd, 2019