A true story of love and renovation
  • Saturday 28 June 2008

Single at 32, married at 33, and widowed at 34

Virginia Lloyd, one of the guest writers at Reality Bites, wrote The Young Widow's Book of Home Improvement while living in Brooklyn, New York.

It is her story. A young professional woman finally meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, only to discover that he is terminally ill. After her beloved John's death from cancer, Virginia was faced with addressing the chronic rising damp problem in the house they had shared and, over her first year as a young widow, her house had to dry from the inside out – and so did Virginia. The Young Widow's Book of Home Improvement is a wry and touching love story that plays with the parallels between our homes and ourselves.

This is a love story that chronicles Virginia’s renovation of the house she shared with her husband and the ways in which that process paralleled her own emotional ‘renovation’ in the year after his death. Moving and emotional, this unforgettable memoir also details the humorous and unexpected moments in Virginia’s journey.

As his Pick of the Week, Sydney Morning Herald writer Bruce Elder said “This book is both profound and universal. It is a truly remarkable piece of writing, which should be read by everyone who wants to understand the mysteries of love and death."

“Virginia will be discussing her book in a session titled Unlikely Voyages at Reality Bites” Bernice Childs, Manager Butter Arts Factory Centre said.

“Sharing this session is Victorian based writer Sandy Mackinnon whose personal journey, while quite different to Virginia’s, is an equally powerful story.”

Mackinnon’s book The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow will be released in Australia prior to Reality Bites.

Presented by the Sunshine Coast Council, Reality Bites – the truth about non fiction, is a literary feast for writers and readers being held on 4-5 July at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona.