What did I think, that we had forever? muses Christina, seven months after Rudyâs unexpected death. While coming to terms with her loss, with the space that Rudy once inhabited, Christina reflects on their vibrant bondâwith all its quirks, habits, and unguarded momentsâas well as her passionate sorrow and her attempts to reposition herself and her new place in the very real world they shared.
In this literary jewel, a bittersweet novella of absence and presence and the mysterious gap between them, Gail Godwin has performed a small miracle. In essence, Evenings at Five is a grief sonata for solo instrument transposed into words. Interwoven with meditations and movements, full of aching truths and a wicked sense of humor, it exquisitely captures the cyclical nature of commitmentâand the eternal quality of a romance completed.
From the Hardcover edition.
About: Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Rudy, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief, from the perspective of their long-time ritual of getting together every evening at five o'clock to share drinks and their mutual love of language and music.
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