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"Nothing about the past losses I have experienced prepared me for the loss of my mother. Even knowing that she would die did not prepare me in the least. A mother, after all, is your entry into the world. She is the shell in which you divide and become a life. Waking up in a world without her is like waking up in a world without sky: unimaginable." Just days after her mother succumbed to cancer at the age of fifty-five, novelist-poet Meghan O'Rourke began searching with her pen for solace. Her record of the process of mourning, remembrance, and recovery form the soul of this "long goodbye" memoir. Unforgettable; poignant. Editor's recommendation.