Her Widow is a straight-forward look into a shared life at its most vulnerable and victorious moments. The title reveals the couple is two women, an art director for Harper Collins for years and professional photographer and her partner, a novelist and painter.
Told through letters written by the novelist to her deceased partner in unfettered prose that reads like poetry, Alden covers a year in time while revealing many years of their shared life. Her letters ask and answer the universal questions of love and loss with a sharpness that in spite of its subject is hopeful.
Twelve black and white photographic prints by Catherine J. Hopkins introduce the month/chapters of the book.
Her Widow, uncommon in its openness, invites the reader to hear what is spoken, see what is done, and feel what is in the hearts of those who are losing and then lose a great love and face the hours, weeks, and months that follow.