When Anna’s uncle—really, he was more like a brother—Joe died, so did her passion for words.
On the one-year “deadaversary” of her “bruncle,” who grew up with her as a brother in the same household, Anna’s no closer to recovering from her grief than when Joe succumbed to his fatal illness. And practicing what she calls “coffin yoga” and channeling her inner Patti Smith with daily verses written on her arm is the closest she gets to the writer she once was. In this deliberate, thoughtful first-person narrative, a series of incidents jolts Anna out of her constant guilt and sorrow. Her grandfather’s unexpected accident and unfinished origami project give Anna a second chance at dealing with death on her terms. The discovery of some of Joe’s intimate secrets, including a letter indicating a relationship with someone other than his longtime girlfriend, offers an element of mystery to this work. Finally, the possibility of romance forces Anna to see beyond her own troubles and realize the needs of others. By reconnecting with the world, she may just find a way back to herself and her passion for writing.
A contemplative look at redemption and relationships for readers with more literary tastes. (Fiction. 13-18)