BookBrowse Reviews Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth

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Hello Goodbye

A Novel

by Emily Chenoweth

Hello Goodbye
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  • First Published:
    May 2009, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2011, 304 pages

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Megan Shaffer

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A luminous novel that ponders the agonizing question, how do you grieve the loss of someone who is still alive?

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 hope that the decadence and beauty of the Presidential might ...

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