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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
This memoir is a love story in its simplest form--that between a
Following the journey from Ronan's diagnosis with Tay-Sachs disease at nine months through the year that follows is often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting, mostly inspiring, and always honest. The simultaneous joy and pain that Rapp struggles with everyday is heartbreaking, but is the reality she endures. Her writing is a gift to Ronan, her words the beauty that his story deserves.
"It is a unique and terrible privilege to witness the entire arc of a life, to see it through from its inception to its end. But it is also an opportunity to love without a net, without the future, without the past, but right now."
She shows the reader what it is really like to be present and to love in time. How the best we can hope for our children is that they know this kind of love.
This book will stay with you, as will Ronan's sweet face, long after you finishing reading it. A must-read manifesto of love.
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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
Not so great
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Posted March 14, 2013
Although not as I expected, the book offers much philosophy and
Although not as I expected, the book offers much philosophy and thought provoking references regarding grief, death, and life. It seemed a bit disjointed at times, but I can understand that happening in the midst of anger and grief. It portrays the state of Emily's mind trying to take in what has happened to her son. Emily has been able to live many places and experience many cultures that the rest of us have not. I had hoped for more content regarding the last months of Ronan's life (September 2011 - February 2013), information on who helped care for Ronan when Emily was traveling, the impact on her relationship with her family, husband, and friends, and students.
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Posted March 14, 2013
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