When I got home I was delighted to see that the Bookies Too book group had elected to read this book during the later half of December so I quickly ordered it and then sat down to read.
I suspected that I would love it and I was right! – Cancer is always a hard subject to read about, especially as many families including my own have been touched by it. Over the years when I worked in hospitals I would do ward rounds and hear that awful “rattle” and see the patients and their families. Truly shocking.
For me this book was about Will’s relationship with his mother. and his final relationship with her. The conversations they had and the ones they did not have, the books they shared and simply being together, mother and son for a final time. Yes, the medical details are perhaps hard for some to bear because in the US I understand that there are funding issues and therefore some have a “financial stress free time” and others don’t. Here in the UK all medication and treatment is free unless you choose to pay for private medical treatment, in which case it is expensive.
I think that this book is about how Will coped with his mother’s passing, and perhaps for Will writing this book was a form of counselling and coming to terms. It also enabled Will to write about his mother, a mother he was immensely proud of.
Despite being such a sad book, alas there is no happy ending, it was a really lovely book. It is the story of reading, books and relationships.