A Memoir

Coming from Penguin Books July 10, 2018

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“Deeply moving . . . beautifully written . . . It is such an achievement, like running uphill against a strong wind.” —Joyce Carol Oates

Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower’s Notebook, is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of enduring love.

Clearly, the most personal book I have ever written, a chronicle of my dear wife, Joy’s, sudden death, and the aftermath.”–Jonathan Santlofer


Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. He has published five novels, including the bestselling “The Death Artist,” numerous short stories, edited several anthologies and is the Director of the Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy.  He is also a painter who has exhibited worldwide.  Santlofer lives and works in New York.  He is currently finishing a new a novel.