Happy Bookers Discussion Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 22
at 7:00 p.m.


In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a 62-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. he problem is that Edward doesn't feel available. He's still mourning his beloved wife, Bee. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books.

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Discussion Questions

Why do you think there’s such a dearth of “available men” above a certain age? Do you think society places different expectations on women and men as they age?

Edward’s family and friends conspire to help him find a new love. But Olga has chosen loneliness rather than being with the wrong person. Is being part of a couple best for everyone?

Were you surprised by who Edward ends up falling in love with? Who were you rooting for?


Questions excerpted from LitLovers



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Upcoming Selections:

May - River of Doubt by Candice Millard

June - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the participants.  Suggest a book for discussion

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library's monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call Deb at 908-454-3712 for more information.

Can't make the meeting? Visit our Happy Bookers Group on Goodreads and add your thoughts there!