A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce
by Laura Friedman Williams
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Pub Date 10 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, The Borough Press
‘Joyful’ Financial Times
‘Eye-popping’ Daily Mail
When her 22-year-marriage suddenly ended, 47-year-old mother of three Laura expected life as she knew it to be over. What she hadn’t expected:
· An incredible one-night stand
· A new-found sexual appetite
· Ten men in eight months
· That there is plenty of fun to be had after 40
From G-spots to bald spots, dirty talk to dating fiascos, Available is the unflinchingly honest, empowering, and humorous true story of one woman’s love life after divorce.
‘A real page-turner […] Unexpected, original, funny and sometimes deeply infuriating, Laura Friedman Williams has so much to say about what we expect of women’s sexuality. I loved it’ Viv Groskop author of How to Own the Room
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Available by Laura Friedman Williams is a very honest and open memoir that is mostly about her sexual awakening when she finds her seemingly rock-solid marriage in tatters after discovering that her husband ,who she's been with for 27 years, is having an affair. Left,at 46 years-old, with their 3 children and pondering where her life has gone and where it might be going......and with a lot encouragement from her friends,she decides to start dating again after a few months. When she surprises herself by throwing off her inhibitions ,and all of her clothing, within hours of meeting her first date she realises what she's been missing in the bedroom and decides to sleep with as many men as possible. That could set the scene for something a bit smutty or the tale of a woman behaving in a way that will leave her full of remorse as a slow motion car crash pans out. Thankfully it's neither and Laura has a ball,in fact she has ........a very good time.
Juggling family responsibilities with her new found social life Laura grabs every opportunity for new experiences, meeting the weird the wonderful and comparatively normal with plenty of laughs along the way, not least one of her conquest's German Shepherd showing his displeasure in his owner's affections being shared in quite a demonstrative manner.
This book is not just about Laura's sex life ,it's also about how and why she started on her journey from discovering Hubby's affair to the effect it had on the family as a whole.
This is a great read, in the Acknowledgements at the end Laura reveals that her editor made her re-write the whole thing twice,well that was sound advice as the end result is well-written,deep,funny in places,moving in others when given the subject matter it could easily have been a tawdry tome that read like a confession. It isn't a confession ,it's the story of Laura finding herself and discovering a lifestyle that works very well for her and the other people in her life.