And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

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Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa's work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden. As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. She's as real to him now as the first day he met her, but he dreads the day when he won't remember her. Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah's father -- Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond. Grandpa, Grandma, Ted, and Noah all meet here, in this peculiar space that is growing dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they will learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501160486
1501160486
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 76 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Menzies, Alice - Translator

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becker
Sep 03, 2017

This was a lovely short story, written with insight and tenderness. Beautiful quotes are scattered throughout the book. I especially loved and admired that way the author handled the ending. Really well done. A perfect read for a Sunday afternoon.

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MaryQue57
Aug 13, 2017

A wonderful book that I would highly recommend. This is one heck of a good writer.

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newdog
Jun 24, 2017

Another great Fredrik Backman edition...this time in a quick novella form. Even in it's shortened form, this book is filled thought provoking energies.

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darladoodles
Mar 03, 2017

This is such a imaginative, heartwarming story. A wonderful reminder of how precious our family members are to us and how our relationships change over time. Backman is definitely one of my favorite authors.

fineplan Nov 10, 2016

Though this is quite a short novella, it is wonderful, yet bittersweet. It's a beautiful representation of a man whose mind is failing and the family who loves him. I especially loved the scenes that took place in his shrinking square/mind.

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