“A Month of Sundays” – Edward O. Phillips
I was concerned that this book would be maudlin, morbid or depressing. A 70 year old man, one Geoffry Chadwick, has recently lost his beloved wife. He is grieving, he is lonely, he is sad, he is uncertain how to move forward. The poignancy and enormity of his loss grips the reader from the beginning. One grows worried: will I end up in a deep depression after having read this book? But this story is also about friendships, renewal of life amidst loss, the failings of family, the surprising realities of marriage and the casual ties that bind. The book is most surprisingly chock full of wicked humour, biting satire and moments of hilarity. Mr. Chadwick’s story reminds the reader that, despite life’s imperfections, despite life’s many losses, somehow life carries on, people carry on, and good chuckle or two is never far away.