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For Hunter Cady, meeting Kait was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Otherwise unmotivated, he spent roughly half his twenty-nine years accomplishing very little, which makes him about fifteen in terms of real-life experience. But he’s the luckiest man on earth when it comes to his wife. Beautiful and confident, Kait is somehow charmed by Hunter’s awkwardness and droll humor. So when she dies quite suddenly, Hunter is crushed. Numb with grief, he stumbles forward the only way he knows how: by running away. To the dismay of her family, Hunter takes Kait’s ashes with him and heads west.

They had always meant to travel. Soon enough, he finds himself — and Kait — in encounters with characters even quirkier than he is: an overzealous Renaissance Faire worker; a raucous yet sympathetic troop of bachelorettes; a Chicago couple and their pet parrot, Elvis. He meets a much older man still searching for the wife who walked out on him years ago. Along the way are glimpses of Hunter and Kait’s beautiful, flawed, very real marriage and the strength it gives Hunter, even when contemplating a future without it. Insightful, wry, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, The Young Widower’s Handbook is a testament to the power of love.

Praise

“McAllister writes with heartfelt emotion about the sudden death of a spouse in this remarkable debut novel.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“McAllister’s debut novel is at turns funny and touching, particularly in the vignettes sandwiched between the narrative, which delve into Hunter’s thoughts and feelings about his marriage and his wife. Expect comparisons to Jonathan Tropper and Nick Hornby.” —Booklist

“Funny, sad, and smart, The Young Widower’s Handbook is a brilliant meditation on love, loss and loneliness. Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, Tom McAllister's debut novel flies along yet reaches deep.” Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset

“A quirky, well-told fiction debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Young Widower’s Handbook is a stunning, clear-eyed examination of the complexity of grief. In McAllister's hands, this story of a man dealing with the loss of his wife takes on such depth and surprising humor that you can't help but give yourself over, heart and soul, to Hunter's journey.”Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

Meet the Author

Tom McAllister’s memoir “Bury Me in My Jersey” was published by Villard in 2010. A 2006 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has published short stories and essays in a number of venues, including Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015, Black Warrior Review, Unstuck, FiveChapters, and Hobart. He is also the nonfiction editor at Barrelhouse Magazine, and co-host of the Book Fight! podcast. He teaches in the English Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, and lives with his wife and dog in New Jersey.