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Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas's first memoir, has been my foolproof back pocket recommendation for the fussiest of readers for over a decade, and a follow-up that is as deeply felt and elegant is very much a publication to celebrate.
Her work's subtlety is arresting; her wisdom truly astonishing.
— From Abigail Thomas - What Comes Next and How to Like it
April 2015 Indie Next List
“Like an honest talk with your wittiest friend, Thomas'new memoir will have you both laughing out loud and on the verge of tears. Examining a life that has changed dramatically over the years and the friendship that has endured it all, What Comes Next and How to Like It reveals simple truths we can all recognize in our own lives. Thomas' gentle humor is evident in every passage as she writes of struggling with aging, loyalty, and drinking after the death of her loving husband. What makes this all the more brilliant are the sparkling moments of insight, full of depth and emotion, that Thomas so beautifully shares with the reader.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
In her bestselling and beloved memoir A Three Dog Life
, Abigail Thomas wrote about the tragic loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It
, she writes about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. And it is exhilarating.
What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of a spouse? What form does a lifelong friendship take after deepest betrayal? How does a mother cope with her child's dire illness? Or the death of a cherished dog?
And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions?
Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will underline and reread, What Comes Next and How to Like It
is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many of life's greatest challenges and inimitable rewards. It is also the story of the friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child raising, and the vicissitudes and tragedies that befall them both, this rich bond has helped her face whatever comes next with courage, exuberance, and grace.