The Obituary Writer

The Obituary Writer

Book - 2013
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On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire's life in unexpected and extraordinary ways.
Published: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393081428
Branch Call Number: F HOO
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,22 cm


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Aug 23, 2017

This book was alright, not very satisfying or even gripping, but it was engaging enough for a summer pool reading

Jun 29, 2014

Gripping, touching story which alternates between two story lines from different time periods. I found it deeply sad at times, dealing with unresolved grief, but eventually moving forward. I liked the quotations from Emily Post's 1922 book on Etiquette about how to deal with the grieving person, which set the tone for each new section. We meet one woman who knows how to make the grieving person feel as best as can be expected (except for not understanding signs of deep depression in one case that ended tragically). We learn how she could write an obituary that really encapsulated the person's life rather than the facts and details that were unimportant. The writing of this book was similarly a work of excellence.

Barbara5060 Apr 28, 2014

The writing is good. The characters seemed a little bland. The women's situations were difficult for me to relate to, though I have known women struggling with these issues.

Bierlingen Aug 12, 2013

Wonderful and sensitive depiction of two women's interwoven lives across the generations. I too had trouble putting this book down, always wanting to know what the 'other' protaganist was up to. I would highly recommend it.

Jul 06, 2013

enjoyed the book

Jun 24, 2013

Great book! The interwoven stories were both interesting. Sometimes, I had a hard time pacing myself, as I wanted to read quickly, so I could find out what the other character was up to. Made for a great book club discussion.

mrsgail5756 May 30, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites


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Aug 23, 2017

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mrsgail5756 May 31, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison


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