January 2, 2023

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Synopsis

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.


I'm kicking off 2023 with a beautiful novella by Fredrik Backman. 'And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer' is super short, but it really packs a big punch in its few pages. 

It tells the story of love, loss, and a lifetime of beautiful memories that you desperately want to hold on to. I think anyone who picks up this story could get something wonderful, heartwarming, and meaningful out of it. 

Due to the subject, it does have an aura of sadness, but it's written in a beautiful way that brings a sense of peace to the heartache. 

I highly recommend this for a rainy weekend afternoon when you want to get in touch with your feelings. I'd recommend most of Backman's work in the same way though. 


5/5 Stars


Memorable Quotes: 

"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. Noah's feet don't touch the ground when his legs dangle over the edge of the bench, but his head reaches all the way to space, because he hasn't been alive long enough to allow anyone to keep his thoughts on Earth. His grandpa is next to him and is incredibly old, of course, so old now that people have given up and no longer nag him to start acting like an adult. So old that it's too late to grow up. It's not so bad either, that age.

“A great brain can never be kept on Earth.”

“It’s a big universe to be angry at but a long life to have company in.” 



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