"Insightful but sad chick lit"
Newspaper columnist Lily Waters, author of Divorce Survival
Guide and single mother of two (Noah and Tara), just turned
forty years old takes a mammogram as part of a human
interest story. However, the journalist is shocked when the
doctor reports the test results are positive and he follows
up with a biopsy. Not long afterward, Lily learns she has
stage four cancer.
Lily knows she is dying, but worries more about what will
become of her children. Her only hope is that her best
friend Hudson University English Literature Professor
Michael will raise her kids although he is gay as she knows
their father will not be there for them. Michael as always
is there for Lily, who is starting to show the signs of her
ailment. Michael hides his pain at his upcoming loss as
Lily is like a beloved sister to him, but he must show no
hurt or fear because the kids need him.
This is a terrific insightful look at an individual who
uses humor to hide her fears of dying and what will become
of her children. The well written but sad story line
cleverly uses the chick lit sub-genre to raise the
awareness of the deep emotional cut cancer brings to
families and friends through the gloom and anguish of the
key characters. Lily is a fabulous soul struggling to cope
with her upcoming death and knowing that her openly gay
best friend, who is in a relationship out in the open in
the story line, is the best person to care for her
children. This is a great insightful work that takes the
typically lighthearted chick lit format into new horizons.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 15, 2005
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