The Possibilities, by Kaui Hart Hemmings (2014)

Genre: Contemporary
Interest Level: Adult
The PossibilitiesIn the Colorado ski town of Breckenridge you can find rich tourists, ski bums, scammers, and a small family in grief. Three months after the death of her 22-year-old son Cully in an avalanche, single mother Sarah St. John is trying to get her world back in order. Her first day back at work (she co-hosts a local tv show) is hardly a success, and she is finding it hard to be kind to anyone, including herself. She snaps at her father for his biting remarks about her best friend’s weight, then delivers a zinger herself. When Sarah and Suzanne discover bags of pot and a wad of cash in Cully’s closet, Sarah is forced to explore the possibility that her son had a life she knew nothing about. Written by the author of The Descendants, this novel explores both change and constancy in our relationships, as well as the nature of grief. It’s peopled with well developed, honest characters who help Sarah accept the reality of a relationship with Cully cut short, and his ties to so many others whether she knew of them or not. The dialogue is painfully honest at times, as in grief Sarah gives herself permission to say exactly what she thinks. It’s countered nicely with comic relief thanks to banter between Sarah’s dad and Cully’s father, who shows up partway through the novel. Several plot threads converge to remind Sarah and the reader that life not only goes on after death, but can again be worth living, bringing promise of laughter and even joy. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance reading copy.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144068

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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