When illness strikes, people place their faith in curious things; in Hello Goodbye,
Elliott Hansen places his in the exclusive Presidential - a historic resort in the White Mountains. Reeling from the diagnosis of his wife Helen's inoperable brain tumor, Elliott's once simple life has become utterly complicated.
It was ironic, he thought, the way a situation that exposed once and for all the essential powerlessness of the human animal in the face of fortune also revealed the importance of good conduct within that powerlessness. There was nothing you could do and yet you could not do nothing.
Spurred to action by Helen's impending death, Elliott books a week long stay for family and friends under the guise of an anniversary celebration. In sole possession of the fact that Helen's prognosis is terminal, Elliott holds out...
Beyond the Book
The White Mountain National Forest
It is no wonder that Elliott Hansen chose the White Mountains of New Hampshire
to restore health and hope to his friends and family. The White Mountains have long been revered as a deeply spiritual place by the Abenaki, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micman, Maliseet, and other Native American tribes in the region. With its breathtaking scope and beauty, the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) boasts several ranges including Mt. Washington, which features the tallest peak in the northeast.
Though the White Mountain region was once sold off to large logging companies, the Weeks Act of 1911 allowed for the purchase of private lands by the federal government to establish National Forests. Under the protection and acquisitions...