Making Toast

  • by Roger Rosenblatt
  • Narrated by Roger Rosenblatt
  • 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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A little gem of a book

Yes, this is a sad story, but it is so lovingly told by Rosenblatt that it's worth the listen. The author handles the heavy topics of death and grief gracefully, weaving daily household tasks into this memoir of survival in the face of a family tragedy. I may be a bit partial to this story because I can relate to it more than I'd like, but found this tribute to Rosenblatt's daughter and her children very moving.
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- Diana - Audible

Poignant true life story of death's aftermath

What did you love best about Making Toast?

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.


Who was your favorite character and why?

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.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It's always hard when an author reads their own book, but he does a good job. He lived it and it shows.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this while making Thanksgiving dinner. I was very involved in the story.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Kristi Richardson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.