It’s that time of year again, Halloween and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is spooking readers with her latest work, an eerie tale entitled A Memoir of Grief (Continued). It is now available for pre-order now on: Amazon.com, Apple iBooks, BarnesandNoble.com, and Simon & Schuster. A Memoir of Grief (Continued) continues in the now-annual tradition of Jennifer’s Halloween short stories, following last year’s bestselling Recalculating. I am thrilled to share a short excerpt with you. I hope you enjoy it and check out this great Halloween value!
A haunting, original eStory from Jennifer Weiner.
When Eleanor Goode meets Gerald King, she’s a senior at Wellesley who’s won all the writing prizes. He’s just published his first novel, Dirty Blond, and is well on his way to becoming one of the literary lions of his day. Gerry seduces Ellie, spinning her a fantasy of working with him, two writers, side by side. How could she have known that, in their years together, it would be one typewriter, not two; his words, not hers? How she would become the fetcher of coffee, the holder of trinkets fans would press into his hands after readings, the keeper of his legacy.
A Memoir of Grief (Continued) begins with Gerald’s death. Ellie, who hasn’t written more than a grocery list in decades of marriage, had no intention of writing a memoir. It’s not until she realizes how broke he left her that she decides to write a whitewashed account of her life with the Great Man of Letters. Widow’s Walk spends over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Critics hail Ellie’s talent, the revelatory way she writes about grief, and how to live through it.
Ellie enjoys the attention, but happily thinks that’ll be the end of her literary career—until her agent starts asking about another book…
“So what about the book?” asked Simms. Ellie froze. The book. Simms,
who’d become Gerry’s agent upon Peter’s fervent recommendation, after
courtly Asher with his beautiful penmanship had secured a two-milliondollar
advance for what, Gerry had told him, would be his life’s story, his
life’s masterpiece, a sprawling tale of three generations, his family’s journey
from Vienna (Ellie and Gerry had spent three months living there, eating
pastries and sipping tiny cups of strong black espresso, walking the streets,
snapping pictures of the house where his grandfather had lived) to New
York City. It was a book about fathers and sons, about marriages, about the
entertainment industry and the environment and politics . . . a book, Peter
had grandly announced after he’d acquired it, “that has more to say about life
than life itself.” The book was called The Kings of America—the title referred
to Gerry, his father, and his grandfather—and for years Gerry and Ellie had
lived high off the advance and the money Simms had lent them against the
royalties it was sure to earn. There’d been the stay in Vienna, six weeks at
the Hamptons in July and August, the bespoke suits he’d bought in London,
the yacht he’d rented in September, the blepharoplasty he’d had gotten in
February. He’d claimed that his drooping eyelids made it hard for him to
read. Ellie privately thought it made it hard for him to pick up girls less than
half his age, but she didn’t say a word when he booked the operation, and
even picked him up when it was over and took him, still groggy from the
Demerol, back to their apartment, bringing him cool compresses and hot
broth until he had recovered.
Jennifer Weiner was voted #14 on Time magazine’s list of “140 Best Twitter Feeds.” Placing hers among the feeds that are “shaping the conversation,” the magazine celebrated her “must-read” live Bachelor tweets, noting that “rarely has there been such an ideal pairing of material and writer.” This past summer, she live-tweeted “The Bachelor” for Entertainment Weekly’s more than two million followers. She continues to write for the Huffington Post and on her own blog at www.jenniferweiner.com, which now has over 1.5 million visitors a month. She can also be found on Facebook, and, in real life, Philadelphia, where she lives with her family. She is currently working on a non-fiction collection of essays.