When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.
With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love. The day Amy died, Harris told Ginny and Roger, “It’s impossible.” Rosenblatt’s story tells how a family makes the possible out of the impossible.
“A painfully beautiful memoir telling how grandparents are made over into parents, how people die out of order, how time goes backwards. Written with such restraint as to be both heartbreaking and instructive.” (E. L. Doctorow)
“[A] beautiful account of human loss, measured by the steady effort to fill in the void.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"[A]n exquisite, reserved little memoir…." (National Public Radio)
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A little gem of a book
- Diana - Audible
Poignant true life story of death's aftermath
The story was sad. A young woman dies of an unknown heart issue and leaves a husband and 3 young children. The grandparent's move in and help raise their grandkids.
I liked Harris, the husband the best. He isn't in the story much but when he is it's great. When the Grandpa complains about interference from someone outside of the family, Harris just gives him a look that says it all. I hope he is able to move on some day and perhaps remarry. Too young to have lost the love of your life.
It's always hard when an author reads their own book, but he does a good job. He lived it and it shows.
I did listen to this while making Thanksgiving dinner. I was very involved in the story.
Kudos to these grandparents. I don't know if I could do what they have done. I am about the same age but would not want to raise anymore children at this stage in my life.
- Kristi Richardson