One of Glamour’s Best Books of 2020
clever, and endearing, this story of love and loss will have you alternating
between laughter and tears. Leslie's mix of break-it-down humor and
heartbreaking truth make this book playful and deep in all the right places."
—Tembi Locke, New York Timesbestselling author of From Scratch
"So often, readers feel it's not okay to laugh in times of grief, but Streeter not only reminds us its okay, she encourages it. Black Widow has earned a place on the shelf next to Joan Didion and Cheryl Strayed in the realm of the grief memoir."—Booklist
"Black Widow is a beautiful love story that also happens to be a grief story. Leslie Gray Streeter tells the whole tale-falling in love, marriage, adopting, parenthood, death, moving on-with her captivating wit. Only she could make Black Widow so deeply moving, painfully funny, altogether unforgettable."—Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles and Love is a Mix Tape
"Black Widow is a very special one of a kind book, a wonderfully touching love story that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page. Even more outstanding is Leslie Gray Streeter's voice. You won't soon forget Black Widow."—James Patterson
"Grief is a heavy darkness with spots of
unexpected, unpredictable light. Leslie's book is a light for those still stuck
in the dark--a sad, funny, personal story filled with universal truths about
life and love and loss."
—Nora McInerny, author of The Hot Young Widows Club and No Happy Endings
"I can only marvel at Leslie Streeter's resilience, humor, and candor. Black Widow is a funny, heartwarming read about one of the worst things that can happen to a person. We should all be this grounded in our day-to-day lives."—Laura Lippman, NewYork Times bestselling author of Ladyin the Lake
"When Streeter's husband died, leaving her to raise their
baby with her mother, also a widow, the journalist and playwright was plunged
into a new, surprisingly funny life of coffin shopping and staring down
"This hopeful account will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of resiliency and new life chapters."
A laugh-out-loud book
for women who aren't ready to navigate widowhood in the traditional way.
—New York Post
is a great read for anyone who's suffered loss of a loved one. I'd say it's
chicken soup for any soul in grief. Anyone who reads this will undoubtedly feel
can't recommend this book enough. It made me realize how much I love my family
and that LOVE conquers all."
her seriocomic debut, Palm Beach Post entertainment columnist Streeter pays
tribute to her husband, Scott, by sharing detailed stories about their life together
and her many struggles dealing with his death...Streeter's candid exploration
will resonate with those who have dealt with similar circumstances. A
love-filled eulogy to a beloved husband and the special times the couple shared
before he died."
"If this book title isn't already a knockout to
you, then I don't know what to say. But in all seriousness, humor is necessary
to survive grief, and Leslie Gray Streeter imbues her memoir of losing her
husband with just that. A love story that contemplates death, race, and single
motherhood, Streeter's book is not something to gloss over."
—San Francisco Weekly
"Using humor and a
powerful narrative, Streeter guides us into an unexpected life of widowhood,
single motherhood, and newfound wisdom."
—Palm Beach Daily News