"You can't change the tale so that you turned left one day instead of right, or didn't make the mistake that might have saved your life a day later. We don't get those choices. The story is what got you here, and embracing the truth is what makes the outcome bearable." --Gail Caldwell
"The other thing I know now is that we survive grief merely and surely by outlasting it. The ongoing fact of the narrative eclipses the heartbreak within, a deal that seems to be the price we pay for getting to hold on to our beloved dead." (p. 158).
I loved Caldwell's last memoir, Let's Take the Long Way Home, and this one was pretty good, but not as good. Still, a pleasant and thoughtful book about facing life head on, not letting it get you down, but also being gentle to yourself in the process and allowing yourself to grieve.