This is another book about palliative care. This time it is a novel. It is a GREAT story of a good death.
It would seem that life and death are intertwined. In this book, readers will be invited to the story of a family, death and the art of living. It is also a story of the ties that bind a mother to a daughter, and the dynamics that govern their love.
The story is shaped as a memoir, despite the fact that it is a novel. It is shared by Sarah Flett and her daughter, Rhegan.
The narrative begins with the death of Sarah’s husband and builds in complexity with the untimely and sudden death of Rhegan.
Sobie’s steady hand meshes the dual perspectives with land and water imagery. Within this frame, the balance that grieving and celebrating, and holding on and letting go require, is carefully constructed, then tempered with the irreducible nature of mother-daughter love.
I loved this story from start to finish. It is so important for us to listen to the wisdom of the dying so that we could make their lives as best as they could be.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth