So Long, Chester Wheeler, Catherine Ryan Hyde

A man pushes another man in a wheelchair along the grass on the side of a lake. There are low mountains in the background.

Lewis is put in the position of caring for Chester, who doesn’t have much longer to live. Chester has pushed away everyone in his life, including his children and caregivers. He’s not an easy man to get along with, even superficially. But if anyone can do it, it would be Lewis, who has no other choice right now.

One of my favorite things is working with people who have been deemed too difficult. I make it my mission to see them happier, even if for only a few moments. So I can appreciate Lewis doing everything he does for Chester, even when Chester made it so easy to walk away.

Chester’s character is true to life. I liked how Lewis related to him, which included a few blowups. Ryan Hyde has a way of bringing her characters to life. This is such a special read. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, for sending this along!

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Releasing December 6th


About the Book

Lewis Madigan is young, gay, out of work, and getting antsy when he’s roped into providing end-of-life care for his insufferable homophobic neighbor, Chester Wheeler. Lewis doesn’t need the aggravation, just the money. The only requirements: run errands, be on call, and put up with a miserable old churl no one else in Buffalo can bear. After exchanging barbs, bickering, baiting, and pushing buttons, Chester hits Lewis with the big ask.

Lewis can’t say no to a dying wish: drive Chester to Arizona in his rust bucket of a Winnebago to see his ex-wife for the first time in thirty-two years—for the last time. One week, two thousand miles. To Lewis, it becomes an illuminating journey into the life and secrets of a vulnerable man he’s finally beginning to understand. A neighbor, a stranger, and a surprising new friend whose closure on a conflicted past is also just beginning.

So Long, Chester Wheeler is an uplifting novel about looking deeper into the heart and soul to form bonds with the last people we’d expect—only to discover that they’re the ones who need it most.

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