Date finished: January 25, 2018
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, Fredrik Backman
A beautiful, memorable offering from Backman on dealing with death, aging, and saying goodbye.
In a similar vein to Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer deals with a grandfather’s struggle with forgetting and his family’s attempts to help him make the most of his remaining years and remaining memory.
Backman, as always, offers elegant metaphors for the things we struggle to put into words, such as a park square growing slightly smaller every morning as a metaphor for losing one’s memory. In addition to the story itself, the dialogue between Grandpa, his grandson, his son, and his wife (who lives only in his memory now) are achingly beautiful, and his grandson, Noah, is a great representation of the innocence, wonder, and curiosity of children.
You’ll need tissues handy, but this one is incredibly worth your time.
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