What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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This is a lovely memoir about time, family, creativity, and friendship, and I really enjoyed its somewhat-unusual-for-memoir form (prose blocks/vignettes--with titles!) and the general cadence of the story. It's woven together with memory fragments, distilled moments, and sudden(-feeling) reflections. Richly peopled, intimate, and honest, this is a narrative that's settled in the telling, like life, where the threads cross. Great for: Anyone contemplating the familial and creative implications of time and aging, and/or interested in unconventional narrative forms. Especially if you are a dog person! Lots of dogs in this one.

— From What Comes Next And How To Like It, by Abigail Thomas


In her bestselling and beloved memoir A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas wrote about the tragic loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It, she writes about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. And it is exhilarating.

What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of a spouse? What form does a lifelong friendship take after deepest betrayal? How does a mother cope with her child's dire illness? Or the death of a cherished dog?

And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions?

Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will underline and reread, What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many of life's greatest challenges and inimitable rewards. It is also the story of the friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child raising, and the vicissitudes and tragedies that befall them both, this rich bond has helped her face whatever comes next with courage, exuberance, and grace.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476785059
ISBN-10: 1476785058
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English