Originally published in: 2016
What it’s about: After their son dies unexpectedly, an estranged couple continue his friendship and Boy Scout project to assist an old woman.
What made me pick it up: It was listed along with A Man Called Ove in a reader’s advisory request we got at the library. In making sure my recommendations of The Rosie Project, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, and Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk were on the money I had to do a little research. That led to checking out the audiobook and here we are.
My favorite things: This book is an excellent blend of old lady recounting her history like in Lillian Boxfish, unique individual who sees the world different and behaves oddly like Rosie Project, and heartfelt relationship building and personal transformation like in Ove. There is so much to like, but it is tempered a bit by the fact that the loss here is of a young child. More than anything though I loved how much this author illustrated that we are all fallible humans trying our best while living unavoidably messy lives. We might do anything for those we love but maybe not the best way, or maybe not at the right time. It is heartbreaking story of loss but also of hope.
Who it’s great for: Fans of any of the books listed above. Readers looking for solid fiction.