From award-winning author Lynne Hugo comes a witty, insightful, refreshingly unsentimental novel about one woman’s unconventional path from heartbreak to hope . . .
After losing her husband, Harold, and her beloved grandson, Cody, within the past year, Louisa has two choices. She can fade away on her Indiana family farm, where her companionship comes courtesy of her aging chickens and an argumentative cat. Or, she can concoct A Plan. Louisa, a retired schoolteacher who’s as smart, sassy, and irreverent as ever, isn’t the fading away type.
The drunk driver who killed Cody got off scot-free by lying about a deer on the road. Harold had tried to take matters into his own hands, but was thwarted by Gus, the local sheriff. Now Louisa decides to take up Harold’s cause, though it will mean outsmarting Gus, who’s developed an unwelcome crush on her, and staying ahead of her adult son who’s found solace in a money-draining cult and terrible art.
Louisa's love of life is rekindled as the spring sun warms her cornfields and she goes into action. But even the most Perfect Plans can go awry. A wounded buck, and a teenage boy on the land she treasures help Louisa see that the enduring beauty of the natural world and the mystery of human connection are larger than revenge . . . and so is justice.
“I adored this fun yet poignant book.”
—Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Marriage
Advance Praise for The Testament of Harold’s Wife by Lynne Hugo
“Grief can make a woman a little crazy, but it can also make her very entertaining! The Testament of Harold’s Wife is part romp, part suspense, but above all, a love story. I adored this fun yet poignant book.” – Diane Chamberlain, NY Times bestselling author of The Stolen Marriage
“At the center of this moving, transcendent novel is the unforgettable Louisa. Perceptive, wry, full of righteous fury and enlarged by deep compassion...I promise you will miss her when you turn the last page. The story itself--flawlessly written and genuine to the core--takes an unflinching look at how we survive shattering tragedy and pointless cruelty and continue to love the world. Its startling, life-affirming conclusion will haunt me for a long time.” – Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point
“The Testament of Harold’s Wife is a richly told tale that explores the human animal connection and the journey to get past tragedy. Louisa, the spunky, elderly narrator delivers a tender hymn of hope and rebirth that stays with you long after the last page.” – Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Sisters of Glass Ferry
“The Testament Of Harold’s Wife is a glorious—and unique—tale of tragedy, resilience, and one kick-ass grieving widow and grandmother. I laughed, cried, and cheered as Louisa talked to her pet chickens, splashed bourbon in her tea, hid ‘Glitter Jesus’ around the house, and wrestled with revenge. Louisa captured my heart, and I will never forget her.” – Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us
“Perhaps the toughest and bravest way to survive tragedy is by bearing up. In The Testament of Harold’s Wife, after losing her husband and grandson, Louisa weathers catastrophe through hard-fought wisdom, humor, and revenge served cold—fueled by a side of hot bourbon. I never left her side as she proved reinvention is possible at any age.” – Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Widow of Wall Street
“Lynne Hugo’s delightful page turner, The Testament of Harold’s Wife, is fast-paced, unexpectedly poignant, and fun. Louisa’s utterly winning voice propels us at breakneck speed. As a woman who has seen it all and lost it all, Louisa will take her place in the pantheon of unforgettable characters. You may never see an older woman in quite the same way again. This gorgeous new book, with its swiftly moving plot and subversive humor will stay with you long after you have finished the final page.” – Laura Harrington, bestselling author of Alice Bliss and A Catalog of Birds
Lynne Hugo on writing The Testament of Harold’s Wife
“I wanted to depict an older woman who is smart, articulate, sassy, does not have a foot in the grave, is not pathetic or doddering even though she is coping with aging and overwhelming losses. I wanted to inspire myself and others with the vision of a protagonist who is enlarged by her years rather than diminished by them, and not merely cute, a gray-haired teenager, or a secondary character who gives sage advice to the important actors in a dramatic story. I wanted her to be the one with agency.”