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Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


I don’t want to scare you, said the primary care doctor.

But you need to see the neurosurgeon. Tomorrow.

Jenny Lisk had no idea what was coming. At forty-three, she had a lot going on. A full-time job. Two young kids. A home to manage.

And suddenly–a husband with inoperable brain cancer.

How could this be her life?

In between surgeries, ER visits, thousands of pills, and ultimately, hospice at home, Jenny kept her corner of the world updated through a CaringBridge online journal, and found strength through a community that rallied to her side.

She needed it.

Because she felt totally lost every time she thought about the future she never saw coming: parenting grieving children, and rebuilding some sort of life for three–out of four–members of her family.

You’ll love the poignant memoir because it’s heartbreakingly honest, and ultimately hopeful.

Buy the book.


Author Bio

Jenny Lisk is a bestselling author and widowed mom who is dedicated to helping widowed parents increase their family’s well-being.

In her book, Future Widow, Jenny draws on her personal and professional experience to provide a real-life guide for surviving and thriving while raising grieving children.

Her show, “The Widowed Parent Podcast”, draws on over 100 interviews with experts, seasoned widowed parents, and people who lost a parent at a young age. It brings much-needed resources to widowed parents, helping them feel less lost and alone.

Jenny’s work has been featured in The Washington Post and ParentMap. You can download her free guides What I’ve Learned About Widowed Parenting and How to be Helpful: Tips for Allies of Widowed Families. Follow her on social media @liskjenny.


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