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Making Toast: A Family Story | [Roger Rosenblatt]

Making Toast: A Family Story

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.
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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.

©2010 Roger Rosenblatt (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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    Jennifer 12-06-13
    Jennifer 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a sleeper... that was me..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roger Rosenblatt?

    Possibly


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I actually thought the title and descriptions sounded peaceful and charming, not boring.


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    Susan'sEarbuds 12-03-13
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    "Time heals wounded hearts"
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    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.


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    Michael Graff 09-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "I couldn't finish it"

    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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