Victoria’s October Recommendation

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

This tells the story of a mother and wife and career woman who quits her job due to illness, and decides that she will commit suicide in five days, so she spends her time saying goodbyes.

Here is the official description:

‘Mara Nichols, a terminally ill career woman, wife, and mother, and Scott Coffman, a middle-school teacher whose eight-year-old foster son is about to return to his former inmate mother, traverse the last five days they have to say goodbye to their loved ones.”

3 Similar Reads

The Sea by John Banville – Following the death of his wife, Max Morden retreats to the seaside town of his childhood summers, where his own life becomes inextricably entwined with the members of the vacationing Grace family.  – Novelist

Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates – This book is similar because it also deals with family and how to deal with loss. After a murder, there are two suspects, and the children of the suspects are out to determine who the real killer is.

Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago – This book explores the question, what if you couldn’t die? At first, people are very excited to live forever, but they must figure out how to take care of people who are eternally sick, and many other complications.


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