- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (15 September 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007442629
- ISBN-13: 978-0007442621
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Any qualms Glass feels are quickly calmed when her own children, 4-year-old Paula and 8-year-old Adrian, insist that Michael come stay with them. After all, he needs someone to help him, and their family is in the business of helping.
Before long, Glass' family becomes close with Michael and his father Patrick. The children enjoy one another's company, and the easygoing, kindhearted Patrick is a natural friend for Glass. It becomes hard to believe that his condition is so serious and death might come at any time. Perhaps the doctors made a mistake?
Glass takes a difficult subject (made even more so by the fact of its centering upon a young child) and manages to make it both hopeful and thought-provoking on a number of levels, from the practical aspects of a parent knowing he must soon leave an eight-year-old alone in the world to the muddy complexities of religion/faith.
My one complaint about this book, as with Glass' others, is that she tends to bog her story down with superfluous details. For instance, when Glass first meets with Patrick at the social services building, she doesn't just say she attended the meeting. She first tells her readers she entered through double doors, went down the hallway, up to the second floor, and then it was the second door to the right. While detail is certainly wonderful for an author to employ, in some cases such as this it actually detracts from the meat of the story. Glass would do better to remember that sometimes less IS more.
Many tears were shed while reading this book and there were times when I had to put the book down and take a few moments to compose myself. It brought to light that there are so many people who are going through worse situations than what you the reader are going through.
Thank you Miss Glass for once again another thoughtful, heartfelt read.
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