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Comfort

A Journey Through Grief

by Ann Hood

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A moving and remarkable memoir about the sudden death of a daughter, surviving grief, and learning to love again.

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"A loving tribute by turns harrowing and beautiful." - Kirkus Reviews.

"The first six pages of this wrenchingly honest memoir of Hood's daughter's death and its aftermath read like a tightly controlled scream." - Publishers Weekly.

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Louise J.

Beautiful Yet Sad
This is a beautiful yet very sad memoir about the sudden death of Ann’s five-year-old daughter, Grace, from an aggressive form of strep throat. Told with integrity and honesty, Ann reveals just how tough it was and still is for her, four years later, to cope with her great loss.

Grace was a beautiful, precocious little girl who was in kindergarten and learning, of all things, to speak Chinese!! Her older brother, Sam, just adored her and the two of them got along like two peas in a pod.

Ann and her husband, Lorne, managed to maintain their relationship throughout the grieving process and unlike a lot of couples coping with the death of a child, become closer instead of being wedged apart in their grief.

Gorgeously written with harrowing candor, Comfort is a tribute to Grace and at the same time to this broken-hearted family.

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Ann Hood Author Biography

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Ann Hood is the author of over a dozen novels, including the bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, The Book That Matters Most, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; and several memoirs, including the bestsellers Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Also, Fly Girl, a memoir about her years as a TWA flight attendant (May 2022).

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