Liz thought that she found the love of her life in Joe, who was the man of her dreams, but when he unexpectedly dies, how does she go on with her life, knowing that she may never find that perfect someone because he already came and went? Life After Joe by Ann Benjamin is a thought-provoking and sweetly melancholy journal of a woman who lost everything, and heads out on the road to find herself again.
From the get-go, you can tell how much Liz loved Joe, and how their relationship sparkled. They were a beautiful couple, and you can also feel the intense grief that Liz endures as the story unfolds. This is a raw and very sad story, but it deals with grief in a courageous and atypical way. Liz packs her bags and takes Joe’s urn to travel across the country. Doing something for herself, something to help ease the chasm that Joe’s death has left in her heart.
This book is one that you are not going to be able to put down, Liz has some extremely beautiful qualities about her, she’s a real person who needs the reassurance that she isn’t alone, and she finds it in some surprising ways. Finding love again may be difficult for her, but the fact that she faces her grief head-on is powerful and inspiring.
I can’t say enough good things about this book, I really, truly, believe that anyone will get something out of this story. Whether you have lost a lover or not, your heart will be with Liz, and her pain will drench you. I’m sure that we’ve all had times in our lives where we felt we couldn’t go on, but somehow we persevered, and that’s exactly what Liz does in this book. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars, just a gorgeous, meaningful look at grief and the people who are left behind.