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The authors share the results of a no-holds-barred discussion they conducted for several years over email. Readers can consider a range of views on complicated issues to which there are no right answers. Letting ourselves pose certain questions has the potential to profoundly change the way we think about death, how we choose to die, and, just as importantly, the way we live.
Honest, probing, sensitive, and even humorous at times, the completely open discussions in this book will help readers deal with a topic that most of us try to avoid but that everyone will face eventually.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
The epistolary construction of this book demonstrates by example that death is a subject best approached through dialogue. Coauthors Gordon and Kacandes, respectively a massage therapist and a college professor, present nearly four years of email correspondence on a topic that is, in modern society, often considered taboo. Conversational in tone, their exchangeswhich touch on caregiving, medications, and the right to die, among other thingsshould be more relatable for the average reader than the usual medical or political discourse about these topics. At times, the emails seem to have undergone too much editing after the fact, disrupting the sense of an authentic conversation taking place. The genuine investment of both authors, however, is always evident; readers receive a sense of their personal experiences with mortality throughout, from an opening reference to the unsolved murders of two of Kacandess fellow Dartmouth professors in 2001, to her own closing confrontation with cancer. Though this is not the first book to seek for factual information, it warmly meets common end-of-life fears with, at the very least, the reassurance that one is not alone. Agent: Nancy Rosenfeld, AAA Books Unlimited. (Nov.)