Book Review: ‘When All Is Said: A Novel’ Is A Heartwarming Look At One Man’s Life And Losses

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Books | 0 comments

At some point in every person’s life we lose people, we look back at our lives and think back to pivotal things we have done and said. In the case of 84 year old Maurice Hannigan (who lives in Ireland) it is that time. He lost his wife two years ago with no notice. She died in her sleep. His only child Andrew lives in the United States. He has wanted Maurice to go to a nursing home worried he is all by himself. Maurice has sold the family home and land and told his lawyer he was going to a nursing home. But Maurice has other plans.

He goes to a bar and starts drinking and has five drinks and dedicated them to five people from his life. His late wife, his late brother (who died way too young), his daughter who never survived birth, his son and an aunt. He recalls stories and his time with each one of them (the good and the bad). His stories are heartwarming and it all leads to a twist by the end of the story.

Warning have a box of kleenex handy when reading this book. It will touch your heart reading his story and how he feels while relating them and how he feels now drinking his drinks and thinking back over his life. It’s a great debut novel and author Anne Griffin will someone to look out for in the years to come.

You can pick up the book in stores on Tuesday, March 5th from Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press).