And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

A Novella

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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. This little book with a big message is certain to be treasured for generations to come.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Incorporated, 2016.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501160486
Characteristics: 76 pages :,colour illustrations;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Menzies, Alice - Translator


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Jul 17, 2019

A wonderfully touching read about family and aging. It's brevity is its strongest asset, in that it doesn't dwell on the gravity of aging and decay, but instead discusses it, mulls it over, and walks ahead steadily into the unknown.

Jul 05, 2019

If you have an elderly person in your life, will have one, or ever had one before then this book is for you. I didn't make it 10 pages before my eyes began to leak. Memory loss is so hard for everyone and this story captures that pain so beautifully and perfectly, describes the indescribable. Keep the tissues close by, you will need them.

Jun 04, 2019

A very touching and insightful story about memory loss. The author cleverly illustrates a grandfather's journey, illuminating and involving the reader in the challenges that he faces. A quick afternoon read. Loved it!!!!!

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.

Aug 13, 2017

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

JCLEmilyD Jul 12, 2017

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer was so wonderfully written. An excellent expression of all the feelings felt when dealing with memory loss.

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.

JCLCherylMY Apr 18, 2017

After reading this wonderful novella and crying when I finished, I immediately placed a hold for the audio version. I had to know what Grandpa's voice and Grandma's voice sounded like, and Ted's, and, of course, NoahNoah's. It did not disappoint; the narrator was wonderful. I cried at the end of it as well! Whether you read, or listen, it is a valuable piece of storytelling adding to the body of literature about people experiencing memory loss as well as the feelings and emotions of their loved ones. Backman's Author's Note is exquisite at the beginning -- he wrote it never intending to publish, but as a way to help him and his family try and make sense of dementia and losing the voices of so many.

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.

JCLMelodyMK Dec 31, 2016

A lovely story of memories and loss. Remembering a lost love, and the loss of memories and youth.

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Dec 01, 2016

Isn't that the best of all life's ages, an old man thinks as he looks at his grandchild. When a boy is just big enough to know how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it. - page 1

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