Saturday, November 21, 2009

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

Summary in a Sentence (Or Two):

When his daughter, Amy, died suddenly of a heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife moved in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. His story tells how a family makes the possible out of the impossible.

My thoughts:

I can probably guess what some of you are thinking: Are you kidding me? Not another tragi-memoir. Never fear, fellow readers. Rosenblatt does not stoop to histrionics here. This memoir is wonderful. I am not a fan of overly sentimental writing, especially in the memoir genre which can sometimes be whiny and self-aggrandizing. Making Toast is a refreshing read. Rosenblatt's prose is simple and not affected at all. As a result, the spare writing makes the book all the more stunning.

By the end of this slim narrative I felt as if I had also moved in with Rosenblatt's newly widowed son-in-law, Harris, and their three children- Jessica, Sammy, and James. Rosenblatt is tender in his writing, and although I initially felt his style to be too choppy, I soon fell into the rhythm of his writing and finished the book in one sitting. I was sad when it was over; I wanted to know more about their lives. Highly recommended.

This book counts towards the Random Reading Challenge.

Rating: 5/5

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5 comments:

Nina said...

It does sounds great. I love these kind of stories. :)

KIWI said...

This one does sound interesting :)

Connie said...

I'm going to buy this book and save it for a rainy, bluesy day. Great review!

Esme said...

Thanks for your review-I will put this on my wishlist.

Cym Lowell said...

This is a great review. I need a gift for my daughter and this is going to be it!

Thanks for linking this up-
CYM