Jenny Weaver is smart, she’s funny, and she’s so lonely it hurts. 


A year after her husband’s suicide, Jenny impulsively moves from the Northeast to California. Her young children adjust to the move, but she has made only one friend. In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to her dead husband, Richard, telling him about her daily life. Jenny also writes about the past. She looks back at their marriage and family life, and begins to see how it went wrong. As she gets closer to the truth and the past becomes threatening, she decides not to write to him anymore. But she finds it impossible to stop.

In this intimate, compelling novel, a young widow discovers her own strength and identity after the devastating loss of her husband. Realities was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club.

Read an excerpt here.

Book cover showing suicides' widow with young son and daughter. Marian D. Schwartz

What Readers Are Saying

“The book is by turns humorous, witty, moving, upbeat. Jenny is a warm, sensitive heroine. It’s a pleasure to watch her and a privilege to eavesdrop on her thoughts. Highly recommended…”
Marilyn Lockhart, LIBRARY JOURNAL
“The author endows Jenny and her circle with attributes that make them linger in one’s memory.”
Publishers Weekly
“Realities is an intricate and satisfying novel.”
“A compelling and stunningly written book…”
“Realities is extremely well written, with deft character portrayals and scenes that ring true in dialogue, narrative and description.”
“…I skipped chores to finish it. A grown-up read.”
Linda Willett
“It was well written, and surprisingly enjoyable.”
Colette Wimmer
“This story is unique, entirely told in letters from Jenny to her late husband. I like the different style. I was invested in the story and the characters, and was sympathetic to the situation that the characters were in. Good read!”
“ Ms. Schwartz has chosen to use an extensive letter to the husband who chose suicide as a way to tell the story. I found this highly believable as well as readable.”
“This was a really good book. I am happy I found it and look forward to more from this author.”
Carol Jaeger
“I was captivated and could not put this down because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.”
“It was very well written and I would recommend it.”
Hope Sonntag
“ She honestly explores the feelings of her characters, their high and lows, joys and sorrow. A not to be missed read!”
“…the writing is absolutely superb! It was definitely a page turner for me, keeping me up long past bedtime, simply because I had to read just a bit more… Thanks for a great read!”
Nana Flutist