Myra Lipinski was the not-so-pretty girl in high school that everyone talked to because she listened and gave good advice. Only one boy ever called her, Chip Reardon, but it wasnt for a date. He only wanted to know what his girlfriend had said to Myra about their relationship.

As the years pass, Myra remains single and becomes a visiting nurse for the poor and terminally ill. Her newest patient is a face from the past: Chip Reardon, who is recovering from brain surgery but also dying of cancer.

Myras childhood love for Chip is rekindled, and she comes to the conclusion that she will not be able to live after he dies. Thus she is determined to die with him rather than continue her life alone.

This book is filled with special, ordinary people who are suffering. It is a profoundly honest, heart-filling, poetic, and rare exploration of death and dying that affirms love in an uncommon and positively beautiful way. Worth reading, and when the tears dry, its worth reading again. (Jun., 224 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger