an Eclectic Reader comments on good reads – books and articles
Grief and Recovery
I haven’t been looking for death themes, but I seem surrounded by books and movies this summer with messages for those left behind.
Unfinished Song: a five hanky movie with Vanessa Redgrave regally managing her last stages of a fatal illness, with Terence Stamp as the despairing husband.
Have You Seen Marie: Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, creates a picture book for adults, as her heroine searches for her lost cat – a touching simile for her mother’s death.
Beautiful Day: Although the focus is a wedding in Nantucket, Elin Hilderbrand’s summer romance novel uses the catalyst of the bride’s dead mother orchestrating the big day through a posthumous instruction book.