About the book

Involuntarily single. That’s where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. Widowed with three children under six years old, a rusty resume, no fix-it skills, and no clue how to live life as a widow, Catherine can’t help but be a little exasperated with her dead husband for leaving her to deal with life on her own.

Catherine’s now in charge of her life in a way she never wanted to be, in a way that would have most of us reeling and numb. But she soon realizes that when you call the shots, you can make pedicures one of the stages of grief – and that moving forward might be more fun in a new sports car. Her honest Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a glimpse into the heartbreaking and sometimes humorous world of a young woman who learns that it is possible to find joy in an
unexpected life.


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“At 31, the author of this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous memoir is the happily married mother of three children under the age of five. In the very first pages, however, her world turns upside down when her 34-year-old husband dies from a brain injury following a motorcycle accident. But the grim and shocking opening (she spends three days in the ICU with her husband, emerging as a widow) is followed by an ultimately uplifting story, and thanks to Tidd’s keen sense of humor her tale never becomes maudlin. Instead, she invites readers to come along on her journey of self-discovery, traveling through the stages of grief, healing, and repair, from a state of disbelief and denial to an acceptance and even celebration of life and its capacity to change “in the blink of an eye.” Although Tidd attempts to be “the perfect widow,” she soon finds that putting pressure on herself is not the answer. So whether she is practicing “retail therapy,” facing a meltdown with her youngsters at Costco, or eventually dating, she learns to give herself a pass on perfection. Though the painful loss of her husband is palpable, Tidd eventually realizes that the freedom to find herself again is actually an opportunity for growth. Widowers and other readers will find inspiration and useful advice in her candid story (and in the closing “Tips for Widow(ers) and Those Who Support Them” section). ”  

~Publishers Weekly~


“Tidd combines indignation and sarcasm with humility, and the result is a moving, helpful look at how to navigate the difficult times that come with tremendous loss.”     Read More >>

~Kirkus Reviews~


“Above all, Tidd gives grieving widows the room in this book to laugh, to be lost, to be found, to be angry, to grieve, to grow and to move on. At the end she offers suggestions of what to say and do for widows and also for people who are grieving with them. This was the only helpful book that I have read about becoming and being a widow. I found myself laughing and listening to Tidd as I would listen to a friend telling her story; she has a voice that is compelling, a story that is real and a book that is an invaluable addition to grief memoirs. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and not just for widows; for those of you who are watching me (or someone else) go through this process, Tidd’s book offers insight into what is happening as we experience the awfulness of widowhood.”  Read More >>

~Suzannah Kolbeck, widow and author of the “Bitter/Sweet” Blog~


“…There is something so comforting about reading a story that you can connect to. Being a young widow with children I felt at parts like I was reading my own story. Catherine’s writing is so easy and effortless to read….I feel like (she) was able to get out on paper what all of us have felt at one moment or an other. This book is a must have for widows, particularly young widows; either in their first 6 months of grief or five years out.”  Read More >>

~Susan Soares, widow and author of My Zombie Ex-Boyfriends~