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 does she 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, and enjoy? Who are our most trusted and 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 thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her.
Readers who loved Thomas’ 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. Download and start listening now!