We All Want Impossible Things: The funny, moving Richard and Judy Book Club pick 2023
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I didn't like her much at first, but that changed as the book progressed, and now I would love to have her as a friend. This is not an easy book to read, despite the deft touch, we go through the death watch with Ashley. The dying friend, Edi, literally said, “please don’t make the eulogy you read at my funeral about you.
A book begging to be read on the beach, with the sun warming the sand and salt in the air: pure escapism. The “I’m dying” and “it’s killing me” statements we all make and try to eject from our vocabulary when visiting someone in hospice who’s actually dying?
Written in a first-person narrative, it was strictly Ashley talking about Ashley and my impression, from the synopsis, was this story would focus on the friendship between Ashley and Edith. I'm standing with a can of deliciously bitter beer in my hand, beaming and beaming - my jaw actually aches from smiling so much. The relationship with Edi is just so fantastic as they talk about their past lives and the situation in the present day.
Smart and funny and devastating, We All Want Impossible Things has huge Sorrow and Bliss vibes and I didn't want it to end. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.and she can't quite wrap her head around what a future looks like without Edi to be the yin to her yang. It creates levity and allows space for the characters — Ashley in particular — to exist as three-dimensional and flawed in their well-meaning attempts to be there for Edi. She still pines for her husband despite their separation, but that isn’t stopping her from sleeping with several different men.