Making Toast: A Family Story

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When his daughter Amy collapsed and died at the age of thirty-eight from an undiagnosed heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on Long Island to move in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. Reeling from Amy's death, they had to quickly re-accustom themselves to the world of bedtime stories, talking toys and non-stop questions, as they began to reconstruct their family, guiding six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy and one-year-old James through the pain and confusion of grief. Marvelling at the strength of his son-in-law, Harris, a surgeon, and the tenacity and skill of his wife, a former nursery teacher, Roger attended each day to 'the one household duty I have mastered' - preparing the children's morning toast. With wit, warmth and insight, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers of this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

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'A painfully beautiful memoir' -- EL Doctorow. 'The story is about coping with grief, caring for children and creating an ad hoc family for as long as this particular configuration is required, but mostly it's a textbook on what constitutes perfect writing and how to be a class act' --Washington Post

'Rosenblatt brings the reader to tears, but with prose that is as restrained as it is evocative... sad, funny, brave and luminous' --LA Times

'Roger Rosenblatt means, I believe, to teach patience, love, a fondness for the quotidian, and a deftness for saving the lost moment - when faced with lacerating loss. These are brilliant lessons, fiercely-learned. But Rosenblatt comes to them and to us - suitably - with immense humility' --Richard Ford

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Roger Rosenblatt is the author of six plays and thirteen books, including 'Rules for Aging' and 'Children of War', a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written two satirical novels, 'Beet' and 'Lapham Rising'. In 2008 he was appointed Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University, New York.

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