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Saturday, January 11, 2020

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman... a Review

A grandfather shares the memory of falling in love with his wife to his young grandson, whose feet can’t yet touch the ground as they sit side by side on a bench. And he shares other memories, like the time they slept in the tent or how mathematics rule the universe. But some memories are harder to remember, and soon even the memories that he thought were his forever are slipping away…

A heartfelt and touching story of love, life and letting go. And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman is told thru the fading memories of a loving Grandfather to his grandson and son, as they learn to accept the inevitable in a loving and graceful way.

Anyone who has seen the devastating effects of Alzheimers or dementia in a loved one, will relate to this small, beautiful little novella written by Fredrik Backman. Originally Mr. Backman was not going to publish this story, he wrote it as a way to deal with his own feelings of love and loss, but we are grateful that fate stepped in and he shared this personal journey.

It’s hard to say more than read this. it is a beautiful love letter written to all of our parents and grandparents, but also for us, to help us, the caretakers and loved ones, to understand what such a loss of ourselves really means, and feels like…

Published in 2016 by Atria Books, and one of my Library Loot Reads for 2020, (But I think I’ll eventually put this one on a shelf)


shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Backman is yet to right anything I haven’t found emotional and thoughtful.

Carla said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had several favorite lines that touched me.
"I'm bad at goodbyes says the boy. We'll have plenty of times to practice, you'll be good at it.....You'll be able to keep redoing it until it's perfect."
"My memories are running away from me."

It was a very thoughtful book.
Have a good weekend! We have about 18* and snow on the ground from last night. (Thursday we had 50*..)

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