Melissa Gould
WIDOWISH: A Memoir (Little A, 2021)

“Television writer Gould’s gripping debut memoir captures the traumatic experience of suddenly becoming a young widow…Her narrative is remarkable in how she skillfully dissects the day-to-day minutiae of grief, particularly the strange ways in which surrounding herself with community provided comfort but also reminded her of what she lost…Gould brings a unique vulnerability to this memoir that will encourage readers to hold their loved ones closer and celebrate life.”―Publishers Weekly

“In Widowish, Melissa Gould takes readers on her journey through grief in all its complexity, reminding us, in the end, of our endless capacity for love.”―Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Widowish is an unputdownable modern love story, the kind you don’t ever want to end. Except when it does, Melissa Gould has given us a transformational tale of modern loss and how grieving doesn’t always have to look the way we thought. One of my favorite grief memoirs to date.”―Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

“No one gets through this life without suffering some kind of loss, and Melissa Gould shares her journey with honesty, humor, and surprising insights. I read it straight through and now want regular updates on her life. Widowish is going to break your heart in the best way possible. I love this book!”―Annabelle Gurwitch, author of I See You Made an Effort and You’re Leaving When?

Melissa Gould’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostHuffington PostBuzzfeed, and more. She’s an award-winning screenwriter whose credits include Bill Nye, the Science GuyParty of FiveBeverly Hills, 90210; and Lizzie McGuire. She lives in Los Angeles, California.