Madeline is the quintessential mother, wife, sister, homemaker and friend. The entire town is shocked when Maddy’s body is found next to the Wellesley library where she volunteered, and the authorities have no choice but to call this a suicide. Her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve are beyond distraught. They begin down a dangerous path of memories that is filled with every unkind word ever said and every thank you overlooked. In the past, Brady’s job consumed the majority of his waking hours, while Eve, as a popular high school junior, focused on her boyfriend, parties and texting her friends. Now they find themselves struggling to wake in the morning, eating is an effort. Brady starts to drink heavily and Eve completely isolates herself. The sadness is palpable. As the months go by, they reach for each other and share their pain in less destructive ways. Building a new relationship is not easy but with a little ghost (Maddy) whispering gently in their ears, they begin to find their way back to life and back to each other. I cannot say much more without a bunch of spoilers! This is a completely unique, heartfelt, beautiful story about all the intertwined relationships in our lives, many often taken for granted. I thoroughly enjoyed Abby Fabiaschi’s first novel and cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us! Fabulous writing, wonderful characters. Honestly, I could not put this one down! Highly recommend.
I've looked at I Liked My Life a few times, never being quite sure. After your review, I think it sounds perfect for the next time I need a little lighter book.ReplyDelete
I loved this one, too! I thought the guilt aspect with Brady and Eve was so well done.ReplyDelete