Is there anything more tragic than the death of one’s child? Acclaimed writer Roger Rosenblatt’s 38-year-old daughter, Amy, died suddenly in December of 2007—Making Toast (available 2/16), Rosenblatt’s memoir, is about everything that came after.
Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, move from their five-bedroom house in Long Island and into their son-in-law’s house to help him with their three grandchildren (the youngest only 20 months old). Boppo and Mimi—as Rosenblatt and his wife are known to the kids—must re-acclimate to life with small children (and the joys and challenges that come with them), all while trying to survive their own grief. Rosenblatt’s clean, elegant prose is utterly devoid of sentimentality,
which only makes his sharply drawn memories of his daughter and the anecdotes chronicled in the making of this newly constructed family all the more poignant.
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