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What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter
我離開之後:一個母親給女兒的人生指南, 以及那些來不及說的愛與牽掛(繁體中文版書名)
版本: 精裝144頁  2018 年 4 月 3 日  Bloomsbury Publishing 出版
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內容介紹

獻給全天下的媽媽和女兒
在母親面前,我們永遠都是孩子



美國亞馬遜讀者★★★★★感動推薦

「我想永遠收藏這本讓我哭著大笑的書,也希望永遠都用不上它。」



如果有一天,媽媽突然走了⋯⋯
沒有媽媽的陪伴,誰來提醒我收拾房間?
誰能煮出那熟悉的滋味來安撫我的胃?
當我遇到對象,誰能告訴我他是不是對的人?
誰來幫我面對生孩子的恐懼?我又該如何讓孩子認識外婆?
也許,如果,媽媽可以給我寫本筆記,
教我解決這些大小問題,教我去適應她已離開的事實⋯⋯



插畫家女兒哈莉在某個失眠的夜晚,意識到母親總有一天會比自己先走一步。她害怕地想像母親死後的各種可能情況,想像她會錯過多少重要的時刻。

 

隔天早上,她要求母親蘇西寫一本「媽媽離世指南」給她,逐步指導她如何度過沒有母親陪伴的日子,包括「煮一鍋咖哩治療心碎」、「想念我時唱一首歌」,或是「記得對自己的身體好一點」。

 

母親蘇西幽默又機智的文字,搭配哈莉真摯而強烈的插圖,讓這本書成了最棒的人生禮物。

 

每一位讀者看了都淚眼汪汪又哈哈大笑,深刻體會愛與失去,記得珍惜和心愛的人相處的每個時刻。

作者介紹

蘇西.霍普金斯(Suzy Hopkins)前報社記者,自2008 年在加州出版了一份季刊(Friends Neighbors,www.seniorfan.com),為戰後嬰兒潮世代和老年人提供服務。她也是哈莉的媽媽,目前定居於加州哥倫比亞市。

哈莉.貝特曼(Hallie Bateman)插畫家暨作家,你可以在《紐約客》、《紐約時報雜誌》、Lenny、BuzzFeed、Awl 等媒體看見她的作品。她的手繪創意日誌《Brave New Work》於2007 年由MoMA 美術館出版。她也是蘇西的女兒,目前定居於洛杉磯。

 

作者官網:http://halliebateman.com/

書評

"Hallie Bateman and her mother have created a funny, beautiful guidebook . . . that's simultaneously deeply personal and super universal in that it chisels to the core of how complicated and wonderful mother-daughter relationships are." - Los Angeles Magazine


"The very concept of this book--Hopkins' day-by-day breakdown of what Bateman should do when she's gone--immediately made me emotional, but the book itself is surprisingly hopeful, and a reminder that there's life again even after unimaginable loss." - Shondaland "New Books You'll Want to Read This April"


"A true collaboration . . . Readers may expect that this mother-daughter exercise is heartfelt but will probably be surprised by how thorough it is in its thoughtful treatment of how to handle one's own life and death in addition to the loss of a loved one." - Booklist


"The advice is always warm and often wise, accompanied by illustrations that often reflect a playfulness reminiscent of Roz Chast. This isn't a morbid book, nor a particularly dark one, but a book about facing the inevitable with grace and good humor." - Kirkus


"Full of the kind of counsel that will have readers longing to call their own mother, the book additionally features recipes that, while lacking in precision, exemplify Hopkins's charming, loving voice." - Library Journal


"An exceptional self-help guide . . . Their graphic memoir is filled with plenty of heartfelt wisdom and edgy humor reminiscent of Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? . . . What can you do to help someone who’s recently lost a mom? Give them a copy of What to Do When I’m Gone." - BookPage


"A heartfelt illustrated manual to navigating the grieving process. Written from the perspective of the deceased, and told through punchy language and moving illustrations, What to Do When I’m Gone feels less like a self-help book and more like your deceased loved one taking your hand as you move from one stage of grief to the next. The result is a thoughtful, engaging work that serves as a guidebook, a comfort, and a reminder of a mother’s love. It’s funny, too." - The Gazette


"A gorgeous, practical, loving and lovely book." - Caroline Leavitt


"Taking something as monumental as grief and loss and making it handleable, even for a small bit of time, is no small achievement. And this book achieves just that with humor and honesty and recipes. All critical for persevering." - Maira Kalman


"Brimming with beautiful illustrations and hilarious, touching prose, this book is perfect for every mother and daughter and anyone who will someday lose someone they love, which is to say, everyone. I laughed and cried then immediately called my own mother and asked her to tell me everything now, before it's too late." - Wendy MacNaughton


"Beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny. I'll keep this book close till the day I need it--and pass it to my son for the day he will." - Ally Sheedy