Did I Ever Tell You?
by Genevieve Kingston
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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 17 May 2024
Simon Element, S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books
Did I Ever Tell You? reads like a novel but is an unforgettable true story.
Genevieve (Gwen) Kingston was just eleven years old when her mother passed away, leaving behind a chest filled with gifts and letters to celebrate the milestones of Gwen’s life and each of her birthdays until age thirty.
When Did I Ever Tell You? opens, just three packages remain: engagement, marriage, and first baby. Tracing Gwen’s coming-of-age, the book reveals a treasure hunt, with each gift and letter unveiling more about her mother, her family, and—ultimately—herself.
Like Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Did I Ever Tell You? is a riveting book filled with unexpected twists and powerful life lessons. Through her mother’s fierce and courageous love, Gwen was granted the tools not only to move through grief but to cherish life.
For as her mother says in one of her letters: “love is stronger than death.”
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"Did I Ever Tell You?" by Genevieve Kingston is a deeply moving memoir that explores the emotional journey of a mother and daughter grappling with the mother's terminal cancer diagnosis. In an act of love, the mother leaves her daughter Gwenn a box filled with letters and presents to be opened throughout her life. This memoir isn't just about loss; it's also about coping with mental illness, navigating through feelings of being lost, and ultimately finding one's way again. The title captures those precious moments when Gwenn cherishes hearing stories from her past with the prompt, "did I ever tell you," leading into cherished memories of her parents. This aspect particularly resonated with me, as I deeply value such moments of shared memories, though they seem all too rare nowadays. I found this book incredibly beautiful and moving. It's an essential read for anyone touched by the themes of love, loss, and healing.