Published: December 9, 2014
Format: copy via BookSparks
After she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess Blessing sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she's sure is her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother's long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will.
Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she?
Wow that’s all I can honestly say after I read this wonderful book. I’m a huge fan of Lesley Kagen she writes in a way that is magical, heart wrenching and simply just gets down deep in your bones and this book just continues in the tradition in how I view her books.
This book is about Tess and once she is diagnosed with breast cancer how she is determined to tackle the issues in her life. I love she told hold of her life and didn’t let the cancer take her over. While this could’ve been a sad story I actually found it the opposite. I saw it as soul touching and uplifting not to mention funny, yes I said funny! Sometimes we have to just laugh at things if not we are just bound to sulk and cry and like they say sometimes laughing is the best medicine. I love how Tess is strong while she could’ve easily been weak, she chooses to try and fix her life when she could’ve easily give up, she is definitely one of my favorite characters I’ve read about in a long time. So PLEASE do yourself a favor and read one of the best books I’ve this year. It’s a touching tale that will make you cry and laugh all at the same time. Simply perfection!