Tonight, I have a book to recommend to you all – it delighted me, it inspired me to love books even MORE (I didn’t even know that was possible!), and it warmed my heart despite its sad subject matter (terminal illness). It’s called The End Of Your Life Book Club and is written by Will Schwalbe.
The book focuses on Will’s relationship with his mother over the couple of years that she suffers from cancer. His mother has too much love, pride, and determination to allow anyone to become too close to her her illness. She tries to maintain her hectic lifestyle and aims to not complain. In order to make conversations easier and less depressing with his mother, Will turns to the one thing that both of them enjoy doing above all other: reading. The two of them decide to start a book club together.
They fly through all sorts of wonderful novels, and debate their opinions on the characters and happenings. Through the discussions about the characters, Will and his mother learn to talk about issues close to their heart. The magic of reading is that it opens the door for discussion. The author praises books for allowing his mother and himself to develop such a close relationship prior to her death.
In addition, it makes some astute observations on how people react to those who are sick, which I think anyone with chronic illness can appreciate. The more people realize how they should care for the ill, the better off this world will be.
I HIGHLY recommend.