Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: An Available Man

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

An Available Man
By Hilma Wolitzer
Publication Date: January 24

From Amazon:

When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish 62-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. 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, 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.


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link below!


62 comments:

Mocha ღ Latte said...

Great pick but it doesn't sound like my kind of read.
My W.O.W: http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday19.html

mfay2 said...

The summary sounds really really sweet. Awww.

June G said...

This sounds good, but I'd like to see Edward be around 42 instead of 62...lol...Very interesting selection this week! *wagging eyebrows* Lol...ha ha ha...

AliyaPM said...

Hah, that sounds cute. :)

Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer said...

That book sounds interesting. =]
Here is what I am waiting for:
http://thebookshelfreview.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday5-fateful-by.html

Kim @ Book Munchies said...

That sounds like such a sweet book; a very interesting choice.

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Wonderful choice! This sounds both sweet and sad.

ashelynn hetland said...

Aw. That sounds good, although probably not something I'd read right away.

Jan von Harz said...

I really love the sound of this one since I am both a teacher and 60 myself and have had a few interesting dates like this character. Great pick!

Lalaine said...

Awesome pick! Thanks for this meme.

Here is my WOW. everyone's welcome to check it out!

LALAINE'S FICBOOKREVIEWS

Amy said...

I just left a link to my first W.O.W.

http://booksandcollege.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Jill, this sounds like a really good pick! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Sarah said...

Sounds like a really sweet book.

Here's my WoW for this week.

♥ Sarah

baystatera.com said...

Thanks for alerting me to watch for this! I've read more of Meg Wolitzer (Hilma Wolitzer's daughter, I believe) but I'll be looking for An Available Man when it comes out.

fivealarmbookreviews.com said...

Original pick. Thank you for hosting.

Taylor said...

This sounds like a fun read, I'll have to add it to my TBR list! :)

Here's my WOW post: http://thoughts-of-an-endless-dreamer.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-18.html

<3
Taylor

lsl_scrapper said...

Sounds interesting, but I'm going to wait for a review before I add it to my list. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer G. said...

This sounds like a really sweet book. :)

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Jennifer said...

It's not what I usually go for (sounds like it might be a little sad), but I'll be keeping an eye open for what others say about it.

Our W.O.W.

Sherre said...

Nice pick, it sounds sweet. I may try it My WOW is

http://beckonedbybooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-shatter-me.html

bermudaonion said...

The book sounds sweet, but I'm not sure it's the right book for me right now.

Karis Jacobstein said...

Sounds uplifting. I may give it a go.

http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/08/www-11-and-waiting-on-wednesday-august.html

Amy said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for posting.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I have read something by this author, but cannot remember what...I'm going to check this one out, though, as it sounds like the kind of book I love.

Hannah said...

Thanks for mentioning this book--I've written it down as a possibility for my book club. Happy reading!

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

It's never too late for love! Sounds like a very good book!

Lisa (Cold Moon Violet Books) said...

That sounds really sweet. My WoW is HERE

Joy said...

Great pick, I don't usually read books told from the man's point of view.

Gina @ My Precious said...

Sounds like a really interesting premise. I'm sure this sort of situation occurs quite a bit in real life. A 62 year old man, just getting back into the dating game would make for a great read.

Megan Swicegood said...

That book sounds so sweet and funny. Totally unexpected, that's for sure.

Megan @ Read It, See It

Rumana said...

This sounds cute! Feel free to check out my WoW here.

Rumana @ Relook the Book

Summer Edward said...

Have seen this meme all over the place. My first time participating. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Mimi Valentine said...

That book sounds so cute! I always wish that my grandma would start dating again because she's always alone at home, but she just says, "I don't need a man." And I love her for it! :)

Here's my WOW! And there's still time to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway if you want! :)

Leslie said...

Thanks for putting this together every week. My pick is The Postmortal - Working for the Mandroid

Justin941 said...

Interesting choice. Not sure if it's a book I would actually read but it does sound pretty unique.

My pick for this week:

http://justin941bookblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-possess-by.html

Jenna and Ashley said...

Sounds sad! I don't know if it's my kind of read but it would be interesting. I always see this meme but this is my first time posting one:)

-Jenna
http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-crossed.html

Sara Bee said...

I don't normally gravitate towards adult books, but this one sounds really good. I think I'm going to have to check it out.

BTW these people on here link up super FAST to your posts! :0)

booksintheburgh said...

Interesting to see a female author write a book from a man's perspective! Looks like a heartwarming read.

Miss C said...

Added my link.

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Paige said...

Sounds awesome!

Sky said...

Summary sounds sweet!

Natalia Belikov (Wayland/Morgernstern/Herondale) said...

Check my WoW! http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday_17.html

I love your pick btw =9 yey!

Lenasledgeblog.com said...

Sounds like an endearing story. Nice selection.

Mauriceonbooks said...

I had the pleasure of hearing Luis speak at Miami Book Fair a couple of years ago. He is amazing. This new novel will be awesome.

Michelle said...

Doesn't sound like my type of book but I am sure others will like it :D

lulilut said...

Your pick sounds very bittersweet.

Justin941 said...

Appreciate your comment on my WoW post, Jill. :) I will try and do it every week, it's fun to see all the different books people pick.

Dawn said...

Unusual selection, and probably not one I would find while browsing the shelves at the bookstore.

Goldilox said...

Hello! I'm all linked up! :)

Natalia Belikov (Wayland/Morgernstern/Herondale) said...

I made a mistake when I published first my WoW! lol! I put the old URL from last week's WoW!! that's why people keeps commenting in that one lol!!! now this post contains the right one =D I posted again my WOW lol!!

http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday_17.html

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

Jill, you always find the most interesting books. This one is no exception!

http://onceuponaprologue.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-11-shatter-me-by.html

Simone said...

Sounds like an interesting dynamic and dilemma for the MC

My pick

Kristin Aragon said...

Thanks for hosting this superfun meme! I have really enjoyed my first one. And thanks for stopping by Better Read Than Dead

Kristin

SQT said...

I made the mistake of posting the wrong link too. Got last week's link up again.

I mean to link to "Awakenings" by Edward Lazzellari.
http://sqt-fantasy-sci-fi-girl.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday_17.html

Vampyre Gurls Book Club Blog said...

I had a lot of fun doing my first WOW, thank you for such a cool meme :)
I got sum cool new followers, am following a few new blogs & have more books added to my ever growing list of TBR's *groans* (in a good way..lolz)
Thanx again everyone & Breaking The Spine
Here is my Vampyre Gurls Book Clubs 1st ever WOW

Katrina said...

Your pick sounds interesting :)

Here's mine:
http://novelnonsense.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Book Crook Liza said...

http://bookcrookliza.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

Joy said...

Sounds like a great book discussion title. I hope you enjoy it!

Kristen said...

Finally back from vacation and I keep forgetting to link to my posts! Ah well. At least I have a few weeks' worth of your WOW posts to make my way through, smiling all the while (and this one in particular sounds great).