What Comes Next and How to Like It

  • by Abigail Thomas
  • Narrated by Abigail Thomas
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of A Three Dog Life, which "shines with honest intelligence" (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life.
What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of Abigail's husband, a process both sudden and slow? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How to cope with her daughter's diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog? Is life worth living without three cocktails before dinner? How do you paint the ocean on a sheet of glass?
And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? Who are our most trusted, valuable companions, and what will we do for them? Instead of painting an ocean, paint a forest, turn it over, scrape the surface, and presto: There is the ocean. When you've given up, when you least expect it, there it is.
What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met 35 years ago. Through marriages, child raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her. Listeners who loved "the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer" (Newsweek) in Thomas' "spare, astonishing" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir, A Three Dog Life, will relish this beautiful examination of her life today - often solitary but rich and engaging, with children, grandchildren, dogs, a few suitors, and her longtime best friend.

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"Abigail Thomas reads to listeners with the unrehearsed emotion of a chance meeting with an old friend." (AudioFile)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio