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Never Better

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Many thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for gifting me a digital ARC of this memoir by Gonzalo Riedel - 5 stars!

Less than a year after their youngest son was born, Gonzalo's wife, Erica, died from appendix cancer. He was suddenly a single dad, raising two small boys, grieving the love of his life.

This was such a brutally honest and open memoir about grief. Gonzalo gives us lots of "before" memories of life with Erica, while showing us the huge holes left behind afterwards. I so appreciated the fact that he didn't sugarcoat all the emotions he felt in the height of his grief, while still having to get up every day as a single dad. It will rip your heart apart but also give you hope, because life is always hopeful. There's enough humor and self-deprecation to not push this book over into depressing, and I loved that he acknowledged all of his feelings. I will return to this book again and wish nothing but happiness ahead for this family.

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Such a sad, sad, book. A raw and unflinching look at grief after the death of a loved one. I loved how it all flowed together and how raw it is.

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Touching story.
Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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