My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a wonderful, intimate memoir, written in the form of emails which the author sent to friends and family, often in the wee small hours of the morning to keep them up to date with progress as his wife, Cecily battled with cancer.
There are so many moments in this book which are filled with deep emotion, from the heights of joy and delight to the depths of despair. I felt as though I had been invited right inside this little family to share in their triumphs and the defeats.
Although the book has what can only be called a heartwrenchingly tragic ending, it doesn’t leave the reader without a sense of hope. “Life’s that way,” is the lesson we all must draw from the loss of a loved one. Even though they’ve gone and we keenly feel the loss, life has to go on, and we have to find a way to continue. I felt that by the end of the book, Jim Beaver had done just that. Walking with a limp, for sure, but walking anyway.
It was a privilege to read this book and be permitted a glimpse into this very intense and personal period of Jim Beaver’s life.