Suddenly widowed, Claire attempts to navigate the awkward waters of widowhood and dating with the help of well-meaning friends. On July 16, 1999, John Kennedy Jr., and his wife Carolyn died in a plane crash. Radziwill's husband died after a long battle with cancer. Radziwill and I talked, she was open about the difficult and tragic deaths, and also very grounded.
Radziwill, writes, "The first days postmortem are a grab bag of surprises. they ravel and unravel all around us, mostly beyond our control, and often at a frightening pace." In this fast paced daily life, Claire realizes that there's no easy fix to her life crisis, so she develops her own set of rules to muddle through her new life. Ignorance is bliss," make this novel the complete triple package -- joy, humor, and romance It is well known that Radziwill has not lived a purely blissful life. I shared with her some details about the death of my late husband to adrenal cancer, and she was extremely sensitive and generous.
For one thing, we are both neurotically obsessed with all things sexual. Writing requires calm and introspection; two things RHONY is not. With my first book I had a very good sense of where I would start and how I would end.
KM: Did any of your experiences on (RHONY) inspire any of your writing? Those were written first and it was much more structured.
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Carole Radziwill's debut novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating earns five out of five stars.
The reader is quickly drawn Claire's cluttered life.
Did you have this in mind when you created this character? Claire even says if she were lucky she'd have dinner with Jack and walk away non-plussed, that she'd find his narcissism a bore. She did have a dead husband after all, and so, she fell. So I wrote Jack as a character who was related to the real-life great novelist Aldous Huxley, who also had a brief but bright Hollywood career.Is Claire a combination of women you know -- not names? Did you have a complete outline in mind before you started with the first chapter or did you write the first three chapters and then decide on the ending?CR: Like all characters in novels they are both real and imagined. She is certainly part of me, perhaps the essence of me and my imagination. But inspiration knows no gender because Charlie is also a part of me. CR: Writing a novel was much different than writing my memoir. Here, our favorites for taking on vacation with you or for taking a mental vacation with right at home. Flop down in the sun and read something entertaining, engaging and unputdownable.