When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. Long past the years of diapers, homework, and recitals, Roger and Ginny—Boppo and Mimi to the kids—quickly reaccustom themselves to the world of small children: bedtime stories, talking toys, playdates, nonstop questions, and nonsequential thought. Though reeling from Amy’s death they carry on, reconstructing a family, sustaining one another, and guiding three lively, alert, and tender-hearted children through the pains and confusions of grief. As he marvels at the strength of his son-in-law, a surgeon, and the tenacity and skill of his wife, a former kindergarten teacher, Roger attends each day to “the one household duty I have mastered”—preparing the morning toast perfectly to each child’s liking.
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The Christian Science Monitor – “Making Toast” by Kate Ward
The Washington Post – “Book World” by Carolyn See
USA Today – “Grief, Joy Go Hand in Hand in Rosenblatt’s Making Toast” by Craig Wilson
On the Web:
All Things Considered – “Simple Gestures for Moving On” from Feb 11, 2010
The New Yorker – Making Toast – Published in 2008, the book grew from this essay.
PBS NewsHour – “Making Toast Author Mixes Grief, Family Over Breakfast” – Interview with Jeffrey Brown
The Washington Post – “The Profound Power of a Simple Eulogy” by Sally Quinn
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