When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. Even an attractive married neighbor offers herself to him. The problem is that Edward doesn t feel available. He's still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in the" New York Review of Books" on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee's memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating ( dating after death, as one correspondent puts it), and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it's least expected.
About the Author
Hilma Wolitzer (b. 1930) is a critically hailed author of literary fiction. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Columbia University. Born in Brooklyn, she began writing as a child, and published her first poem at age nine. Her first published short story, "Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket," appeared in print when she was thirty-six. Eight years later, she published "Ending "(1974), a novel about a young man succumbing to a terminal illness and his wife's struggle to go on. Since then, her novels have dealt mostly with domestic themes, and she has drawn praise for illuminating the dark interiors of the American home. After publishing her tenth novel, "Tunnel of Love" (1994), Wolitzer confronted a crippling writer's block. She worked with a therapist to understand and overcome the block, and completed the first draft of a new novel in just a few months. Upon its release, "The Doctor's Daughter" (2006) was touted as a "triumphant comeback" by the "New York Times Book Review". Since then, Wolitzer has published two more books--"Summer Reading "(2007) and "An Available Man" (2012). She has two daughters--an editor and a novelist--and lives with her husband in New York City, where she continues to write.
Fred Sullivan has played over one hundred roles as an award-winning resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He is resident director at Gamm Theatre and teaches acting at the Rhode Island School of Design.