The next scene is Buddy's funeral. This is the opportunity for all the surviving players in the story to come together. The reader is introduced to April, a 28 year old bartender, Oliver, a 28 year old law student, Bernadette, Oliver's fiance, Hal, Oliver's father and Al, Oliver's brother. Missing from the scene are April's deceased parents, Hal's deceased wife, and Nana, alive and kicking but kept in the dark.
The story unfolds at a savoring pace. April and Oliver's father's are stepbrothers. April and Oliver were inseparable as children and sheltered Buddy, as well. Both protagonists have plans for their futures. April wants to live by the sea. Oliver wants to be a pianist.
It is a story of deep friendship, longing, forgiving, and redemption. The story is beautifully crafted. The characters took some time to take root and grow in my mind. The ending is not happy or sad but satisfying. The Readers Group Guide adds layers to story and is fantastic for discussion.
Thanks to Hatchette I have a copy for one lucky reader. Same rules as usual. Forget them? They're easy.
1. Make a comment and include email address.
2. Extra comments for extra entries (follower, tweet, facebook, link in blog)
3. Extra entry for skipping sometime today. No. I mean it. Stand up and skip across the room.
It made you smile, didn't it.
4. U.S. and Canada residents with physical addressContest ends July 9th