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Gigi Levangie Grazer brings her dynamite sense of humor and artful characterizations to The After Wife, a tale of life after loss, life after death and how to survive as a widow in Los Angeles.
Hannah Bernal knows she has everything: an adorable three-year-old daughter, a great career as a television producer, supportive friends and, miracle of miracles, her gorgeous husband, John, a professional chef and Hannah's one true love. When a traffic accident rips John away, Hannah's perfect life shatters. Her grief drives her career down the drain, leaves her unequal to the responsibility of parenting her child and even briefly lands her in jail. Worst of all, ever since John's death, Hannah sees dead people.
Her friends worry that she's losing her mind, but suddenly every stranger who crosses Hannah's path is accompanied by a departed friend or relative who expects Hannah to pass on their messages from the beyond--and, as a life-long motormouth, Hannah cannot help herself. As her relationships waver and bills pile up, Hannah wonders how she'll survive as an "after wife."
Despite the emotional subject matter, you'll be hard pressed not to laugh out loud at Hannah's sarcastic quips or the antics of her Grief Team, an assortment of friends that includes her outspoken gay co-producer, an aging wannabe actress and a mommy blogger who takes social consciousness to the extreme. Breezy, heartfelt--and occasionally off-color--Grazer's examination of the trials of grief and the power of love is sure to charm.
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