When Frank is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Susan's carefully structured world begins to disintegrate. Although she's convinced herself that she's no longer in love with Frank, when he and his life partner, Clayton, ask for her help, Susan can't refuse. She stands by Frank in his final days, juggling his needs with those of her boyfriend Noah, and with the demands of her career. Susan pays a steep price for her loyalty. Caught up in his own family crisis, Noah abandons her. She loses her job. Then Frank dies, and Susan is ambushed by a riptide of grief she can't control. In the aftermath of Frank's death, Susan quarrels with her best friend Margaret, who doesn't offer the kind of sympathy Susan wants. But how could anyone know the depth of Susan's loss? She's worked hard at hiding her feelings.
As Susan sifts through the wreckage of her life, she wrestles with her fears and emotional scars and comes to accept that she can't heal without help. She acknowledges all that she's lost and realizes all that she still has. Along the way, she finds love and support in unexpected places, and as she begins to heal, she comes to understand that, painful as they can sometimes be, it's her ties to others that make life worth living.
|Publisher:||Champlain Avenue Books Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)|
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Love is one of those flexible things... we don't always love who we're "supposed to" love, and despite marriage or divorce or other societal bonds, sometimes we are linked to those whom we "should not" still be emotionally tied to. Disclaimer: I'm personally acquainted with Bonnie Schroeder, who's an absolutely lovely person. Susan still loves her ex, Frank, despite their divorce, despite the reality that Frank is/was gay, and left her for another man. Yet, with his terminal lung cancer, he NEEDS her in his life. There are many excellent themes in this book, which will resonate with anyone who has deeply mourned someone they still loved, despite [whatever it was that was supposed to end that love]. However, the pace is slow, and the style (writing in first person) both limits and distances us from the main character, Susan, rather than making it/her more intimate. I really liked that this was not one of those books that was formulaic and tied everything up with a bow, that Susan was trying to figure out her love life, with more than one false starts. And her despair/depression felt very real to me, not to mention made me want to go pour myself a drink, though things ended on an upbeat note. This debut novel is not for everyone, but if you enjoy work that is off the beaten track, and are up for dealing with some darker subject matter, like loss of a loved one, and challenges within women's friendships, you will enjoy this book.