The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs (5 out of 5) 

I found out about this book because I saw a tweet about missing Nina, from one of the editors at Simon & Schuster. Then I googled Nina and saw a synopsis of her story and found out that she had a memoir coming out in June. I emailed Wendy, my pub rep and buddy at S&S, and asked about several galleys, including Nina’s book. Thankfully, she was able to send it. I got it while off on medical vacation for getting my gallbladder out. I was not feeling my best, so I held off on reading her story until I was feeling better. I started it on Friday at 7pm and finished it at 11pm Friday night. You can’t set it down. This is a beautiful story about a wife and mother of two boys who finds out she has triple negative breast cancer. I didn’t mention yet, but she is at this time also in the process of watching her mother lose her years long battle against cancer. I know most of you read this review and will think that her story is a bummer. I assure you that it’s anything but that. Achingly beautiful and emotionally realistic, Nina spares no one with the frankness and leaves no one with tears unshed. Her husband John and her boys Freddy and Benny are forefront to the story, along with Ginny, Nina’s friend who is also battling cancer at the same time. You grow to love and care for her imnediate family and friends as much as you do for Nina. Here’s another thing, friends. Nina’s book is honest, funny, and her language is exquisitely beautiful. She finds the good, the bad, and yes, the very ugly. It’s a story of life, love, laughter, and yes, grief. Nina’s arrival at acceptance that she is dying will wring you dry, but it will also inspire you to get her story heard. It’s not going to be an easy read, but life isn’t easy, either, so put your doubts into a pasture and pick up this book. It is a gorgeous memoir. Consider yourself lucky to have known Ms. Nina Riggs. I do. 

~ by generationgbooks on April 23, 2017.

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