Fiction — print. Hyperion, 2004. Originally published 2003. 470 pgs. Library copy.
Holley Kennedy is keeping to herself a few months after the death of her husband Gerry Clarke. Holly and Gerry have been together since high school and Holly’s world revolved around Gerry since then. Gerry was diagnosed with a brain tumor and rounds of medical procedures have not stopped him from succumbing to the death that it brought with it.
Holly closed off to everybody, wallowing in the grief that Gerry’s death brought. She had no appetite and no desire to continue with her life as it was before Gerry passed. Turns out that Gerry did prepare a list for Holly some time between his medical procedures. He sent a package to Holly’s parents’ house which contained individual envelopes labeled from April to December with a letter to Holly that she open an envelope per month to do Gerry’s list for her.
Better dynamics than movie but takes longer to reach conclusion. After seeing the movie, I decided to read the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book after I enjoyed the movie.
The book had better dynamics than the movie but it takes longer to reach the same conclusion. I thought the characters were incredibly well developed. It is every wife’s nightmare to be in Holly’s position but I feel like she captured as best as possible what it would be like to be her.
Unlike the movie where they were almost nonexistent, the side characters were also well developed. Her friends and family were portrayed in a realistic and entertaining way. I especially loved the sibling dynamics.