CHRISTMAS, PRESENT

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While Laura's calm acceptance of her impending death seems somewhat unusual, the honesty achieved in the relationships between her husband and mother and between Laura and her daughters realistically depicts the paths necessary to closure when someone dies an untimely death. Through the tragedy and heartbreak of this woman's death comes triumph that her family will and can endure life without her.

After a night out celebrating her anniversary, Laura Banner suddenly becomes stricken with an excruciating headache while coming home with her husband, Elliott. When their car breaks down, a police officer summons an ambulance and Elliott accompanies his wife to the hospital.

The Banners' anniversary celebration ends abruptly, as doctors inform them that Laura has an inoperable brain condition—a blood vessel has burst, leaving her hours until she will die. With only a few days left until Christmas, Laura summons her siblings and three daughters to her side. As Elliott tries to come to terms with his wife's death, he must also face the anger of his 13-year-old daughter and the seeming indifference of his mother-in-law.

While Laura's calm acceptance of her impending death seems somewhat unusual, the honesty achieved in the relationships between her husband and mother and between Laura and her daughters realistically depicts the paths necessary to closure when someone dies an untimely death. Through the tragedy and heartbreak of this woman's death comes triumph that her family will and can endure life without her. (Nov., 144 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick