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.
©2010 Roger Rosenblatt (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“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)
Moving account of a family's tragic loss of a beloved daughter. Mr. Rosenblatt's calm, even narration of what had to have been an incredibly painful experience was remarkable. His writing style is both simple and gracious. He chronicles events after his daughter's sudden death: how he and his wife stepped right in and smoothly as they could helped their grief-stricken son-in-law cope with life and their 3 small children. He speaks freely of his and his family's pain, help from wonderful people in their lives, and also stories and events from his children's early lives.
People who don't mind waiting for an author to work their way gradually to a story line. I do not always live fast paced, and often give books as much as 1/2 the content to really capture me, but I just couldn't make it even 1/5 of the way through this one. Just... too... slow.
My next new listen will be Tale of Two Cities - like I said, I don't always live fast paced... or the new Amy Tan book.
Disappointment - I actually thought the title and descriptions sounded peaceful and charming, not boring.
This is a tenderly written story that chronicles a period of mourning in a family's--and father's--life. It's personal without being too personal, but maybe that is what it's lacking. I skipped over some of the narrative when the author seemed stuck on recounting every last detail, but then that's what happens when we mourn. This is a good example of mourning with dignity.
Death is a part of life. We all die. Sorry it had to happen to someone close to you. I simply could not finish the audio. It was too depressing and was not going to be resolved by the end (in my estimation).
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