A resonant memoir of the ways untimely good-byes echo through the years, by a writer who has considered every nuance of grief.
At age 14, Claire Bidwell Smith - an only child - learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire to make a series of fraught choices, set against the glittering backdrop of New York and Los Angeles - and the pall of regret. When the inevitable happens, and Claire is alone in the world, she is inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one's special person. It is only when Claire eventually falls in love, marries, and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief.
Defying a conventional framework, this story is told using the five stages of grief as a window into Smith's experience. As in the very best memoirs, the author's powerful and exquisite writing transforms personal events into universal experience.
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I loved having the author as the narrator.
The entire book was full of memorable moments.
This was one of the best memoirs I have ever read. I couldn't wait to listen to more and thought the book was beautiful. I loved it.
- A. Campero
This is a very poorly written story with the author trying to create interest by mixing up the time periods. This created a disconnect about the real theme of the book and made some chapters seem like copycats of other books.
The performance was too monotone and just sounded tired.