Review: The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe

 

An unexpectedly great read. I found this book and decided to give it a try – but to be honest I wasn’t expecting much. A gay Jewish man who is losing his mother to cancer – I couldn’t relate to any of it. But I had just lost my father in an accident and I do love memoirs. The book tells the story of Will finding out his mother has cancer and how they decide to read books together as it is something they have always both loved. I thought a memoir about two people who love reading could be nice. Will talks about books I have read and I really enjoyed their thoughts on the stories. They also talked about books that I haven’t read yet that I am now curious about. The other side of this book is the relationship the author, Will, has with his mother, who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Their relationship is deep, touching, and real. Will is a truly eloquent author. Having lost a parent I could understand all of the questions Will has and the long sleepless nights when he worries about how to cope. He portrayed his mother as a strong, caring, passionate woman – it was enjoyable to read about someone like her and I could see why he was so upset at the thought of losing her. It was a nice, easy read that had me crying at the end.

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