For Katherine Givens and the four women about to become her best friends, the adventure begins with a UPS package. Inside is a pair of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note that will forever change their lives. Katherine’s oldest and dearest friend, the irrepressible Annie Freeman, left... read more
Annie Freeman was a free-spirited soul who dies of cancer. She asks in her will that four of her friends give her a traveling funeral. The places they will visit are all booked and the goal is to get these busy middle-aged women to slow down and discover the joy of life and at the same time... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Annie Freeman was a free-spirited soul who dies of cancer. She asks in her will that four of her friends give her a traveling funeral. The places they will visit are all booked and the goal is to get these busy middle-aged women to slow down and discover the joy of life and at the same time the places and people who formed Annie's life. All the women are achievers and they garner a lot of extraordinary attention along the way. The book is crowded with co-incidences that are meant to convey that Annie's life force is so strong she is manipulating the universe into completing these women and all the people they meet along the way.
“How extraordinary life can be if you take your door off the hinges.”The traveling pallbearers in silent thinking similar thoughts.
“"A friendship which had turned into a deep love and respect and admiration that carried you through years of richness with a woman who came to you once, just once, for help, and then opened her heart so wide that you slipped inside without ever knowing your feet had lef the earth."”
“Family does not mean people with the same last name or the same DNA. It means people who care about you, who you trust, who you care about—people you can count on.”Highlighted by 31 Kindle customers
She is certain that if you take your grief and you hold on tight to it, it multiplies and divides and soon conquers you so that it wins a war that was never meant to be started.Highlighted by 29 Kindle customers
It’s like life has been driving me and I have not been driving my life.”Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
How extraordinary life can be if you take your door off its hingesHighlighted by 20 Kindle customers
“I’ve had a world of loss dropped into my hands, including our Annie, but we’re women and we deal with it and we do it in a way that somehow becomes a gift. Isn’t that something? Isn’t it something how we can take something that is so painful it makes you drop to the floor and turn it into a life lesson that makes you actually glad it happened? That’s what women do. We get on with it. It sure is something.”Highlighted by 20 Kindle customers
Sometimes I was so damn busy reading the map to get directions that I forgot to look up and see what was outside the window.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Age, Katherine said, gives you a cushion of knowledge, of knowing how grief will ride its hands along your spine, how something new does not have to be fearful, how whatever it is that the person you are sitting next to does that drives you a little batty cannot be as bad as that one time when something with someone else was really bad.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
“Things happen at funerals. It’s some kind of cosmic, absolutely cosmic, spiritual process that helps maneuver fate and challenges the hearts and souls of people to step up for crissakes, step up and get on with it.”Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
Death, she will tell her, opens a door into more than just the life of the person who has been lost.Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
Katherine knows what she means. She knows that women who have climbed through a large chunk of their lives are always wise enough to realize that certainty equals uncertainty.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers