Monday, March 25, 2013

Read Elsewhere: The End of Your Life Book Club

Excerpts from The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe:

"We found ourselves discussing the three kinds of fateful choices that exist in the . . . books: the ones characters make knowing that they can never be undone; the ones they make thinking they can but learn they can't; and the ones they make thinking they can't and only later come to understand, when it's too late, when "nothing can be undone," that they could have.

Mom had always taught all of us to examine decisions by reversibility - that is, to hedge our bets. When you couldn't decide between two things, she suggested you choose the one that allowed you to change course if necessary. Not the road less traveled but the road with the exit ramp. I think that's why we had all moved, at different times in our lives, to various foreign lands without giving much thought to it. If you stayed at home, you might not get the opportunity to go to that place again. But if you went, you could always come back."


"No one in the family has ever gotten over (his) death. We talk of him daily, recounting stories and imagining what his reactions would be to new books and recent events. He remains for my family the perfect model of how you can be gone but ever present in the lives of people who loved you, in the same way that your favorite books stay with you for your entire life, no matter how long it's been since you turned the last page."

1 comment:

  1. This is on my list to read, of course. These lovely quotes are making me move it up my list!