The Household Guide to DyingBook - 2009
A freshly insightful, hopeful, and dramatic novel full of heart and lifetold from the perspective of a household advice columnist, wife, and mother who is determined to finish a lifetimes worth of tasks even though she doesnt have a lifetime left to live. T he Household Guide to Dyingis a moving, witty, and uplifting novel about Delia, who writes an acerbic and wildly popular household advice column. When Delia realizes that she is losing her long battle with cancer, she decides to organize her remaining monthsand her husband and childrens future lives without herthe same way she has always ordered their household. Unlike the many faithful readers of her advice columnpeople who are rendered lost and confused when faced with dirty shirt collarsDelia knows just what to do. She will leave a list for her daughters future wedding; fill the freezer with homemade sausages, stews, and sauces; and even (maddeningly) offer her husband suggestions for a new wife. Shell compile a lifetimes worth of advice for her children, and shell even write the ultimate Household Guide to Dying for her fans. There is one item on her list, however, that proves too much even for Dear Delia, and it is the single greatest task she had set for herself. Yet just as Delia is coming to terms with this, an unexpected visitor helps her believe in her lifes worth in a way that no list ever could. Imbued with Delias love for food, Jane Austen, clucking hens, and fragrant gardens, and interspersed with her secrets to making a pot of tea, removing wine stains from lace, and the ingredients to the perfect wedding cake, this is a gorgeously crafted novel that captures the readerheart and mindand expands our understanding of a meaningful life.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm.