Writer, Blogger, Dog Lover
Happy Wednesday everyone!! Please welcome writer, widow, and dog lover Barbara Barth to Lauren Clark Books! Barbara and I became acquainted through my friend (and fellow author) Tracie Banister’s Chick Lit Blog Hop and we’ve all been email pals every since. Today, I asked Barbara to share about her memoir, The Unfaithful Widow.
Without further ado, here’s Barbara….
The Unfaithful Widow is a collection of candid essays on finding joy again after the loss of a mate. With warmth and laughter, no subject is taboo. From dealing with the funeral home (“Can I show you our upgraded cremation package?” I looked at Miss Death. Was I booking a vacation?) to dating again (He ran in the door, looked at me and said “I’ve left something in my car.” He never returned.) Sprinkle in a bevy of rescue dogs (Finally a good night’s sleep with someone new in my bed.) and those questions you hate to ask (Condoms anyone?). A story for anyone who has suffered loss and is determined to become their own super hero.
Excerpt from The Unfaithful Widow:
Two hours later I left the attorney’s office too depressed to go home. So I headed to the antique shop where I have my booth. It seemed the closest and friendliest place I could think of.
“We’ve never seen you in a skirt,” the gal behind the counter remarked and actually clasped her hands in glee. Now there was someone who could perk you up.
“Just back from dealing with the will,” I replied and made a sad face. Then I did a full curtsey, dipping and holding out my long skirt. “My widow’s outfit.”
I started to relax with the familiarity of the shop and smiled at her.
“Black since I’m a widow and turquoise jewelry ’cause I’m hip.” I liked the sound of that.
She was looking strangely at me.
“I am hip, aren’t I?” I looked straight at her. She’d better answer that one right.
“The hippest.” She grinned at me with that remark. She was forty-five, skinny and lived on the edge. I was the sixty-year-old widow.
About The Author:
Barbara Barth is an author, antique dealer, and dog whisperer. She lives with six rescue dogs from her local animal shelters.
Her business card reads “Writer With Dogs”. It is a title she wears proudly. Barbara credits dogs as part of her healing process after her husband died four years ago. Her memoir “The Unfaithful Widow” follows her first year as a widow in a series of essays that include a vintage Corvette, bad dates leading to good things, the best group of girlfriends, and a bevy of dogs. Her memoir placed as a finalist in the 2011 USA Best Book Awards.
Barth recently closed her small antique shop but still sells collectibles from an antique mall in a small southern town close to her home. She promotes other writers with a writing guild, critique group, and an online Book Talk site.
A member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and an online blogger for Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, you will find Barbara writing most days at her computer surrounded by a group of lazy pups napping nearby.
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