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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

A Novella

Book - 2016
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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
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man's struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family's efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you'll treasure for a lifetime. -- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501160486
1501160486
Characteristics: 76 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm

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Backman aints the portrait of an elderly man's struggle to hold on to his most precious memories and his family's efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go


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maipenrai
Feb 20, 2021

Fredrik Backman is the sweetest, most empathetic author I have read in a long time. He is a realist and not maudlin, but his insights into death and loss are amazing. I have loved everyone of his books that I have read. There is often a great combination of pathos and humor. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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becker
Oct 04, 2020

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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NMostacada
Jul 25, 2020

This is a short story (probably about an hour to read) and is about a grandfather who is losing his memory. The first couple of pages were a bit confusing because it starts very abstract as the two characters are inside the grandfather’s brain (or his memory) which gets smaller and smaller each day. Very touching on family relationships. It was a good read but something is missing from it for me.

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Klimo1
Sep 23, 2019

My father's biggest fear in life was that he would have dementia just like his own mother did. Dad was a father of six children and a loving husband of 66 years. When he was moved into a senior's residence due to dementia, Dad never stopped wanting to go home. My father even asked my Mom to stay there at night with him, which of course was not possible. Dementia proved to be a cruel end for a proud smart loving head of our family!

"And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer ", is a beautiful novella written by one of my favourite author's. Unfortunately, the reality of dementia is a fairly grim one.

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gjfricano
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.

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LadyKatka
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.

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joyseystreetmama
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!!!!!

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dirtbag
Apr 15, 2019

This guy is my favorite author. This is a lovely, gentle novella on the effects that dementia has on families (and especially the person who has it) but being Backman it is not a complete downer. It is filled with love and empathy.

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21221018293347
Jan 03, 2019

A small book. A short book. About fathers and sons and grandsons and saying good bye. Saying good bye before the person has died. Dementia and the horrible loss before death. A touching read.

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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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cknightkc
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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