“Bravery meant the possibility of death. And wasn’t that funny? Because it took being dead for Wallace to finally be brave.”
I think this review will end up being a whole lot of favorite quotes from the book and less of a review. Because for me, this is a timely and sometimes difficult read as I’ve recently lost my lifelong best friend. I had this on hold at the library, and as everyone is currently doing the same thing, it was some months’ wait time. So when it finally came in, well, life had just happened, as it does. So I wanted to read it anyway.
“We don’t always see what’s right in front of us, much less appreciate it. It’s not until we look back that we find what we should have known all along.”
Sometimes at night, I had to put the book down and read something else instead. It was much easier to read during the day when the sun was out, and all was right in the world. Though in chapter 11, I had a laugh that went on for over 10 minutes. And when I shared it with each family member, it started all over again. I needed that, so, so much.
This read is something very special. It’s poignant and beautiful, touching and funny. It’s so much without being too much. It’s a well-rounded book that brings a lot to the reader, and I highly recommend it.
About the Book
Welcome to Charon’s Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.
And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead.
But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.