After hitting a bit of a reading slump, Frederik Backman’s And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer was everything I needed and more. This novella features Grandpa and Noah sitting on a bench in a space filled with pieces of their lives that keeps getting smaller and smaller, as Grandpa struggles to remember life’s little details. It is in this space that Grandpa and Noah not only share their passion for mathematics but also practice saying goodbye so when the time comes and Grandpa no longer remembers Noah, he will know just how to say it.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book. As someone who lost a grandparent to dementia, this book resonated with me on such a deep level. Backman perfectly portrays the role reversal that occurs between parents and children as the ones who once took care of us become the ones that need to be taken care of. Furthermore, the poignant message of practicing how to say goodbye because there may come a time where our loved ones’ minds have failed them is so incredibly important and moving. I particularly loved the space that Backman created nestled between reality and the mind of Grandpa. The way that he effortlessly allowed the park to transform from something superficial to a representation of all the thoughts and experiences that Grandpa was going to forget was beautiful and gave me a deeper understanding of what my own grandma experienced.
Ultimately, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is a must-read for everyone. It reminds us to hold our loved ones even closer and cherish life’s little moments because at the end of they day, that’s all that matters. We all must make the most of the borrowed time that we have in this world and that is exactly what this novella demonstrates.
5 out of 5 stars
**A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for granting me a advance review copy in return for an honest review**