From O magazine to the New York Times, from authors such as E. L. Doctorow to Ann Beattie, critics and writers across the country have hailed Roger Rosenblatts Making Toast as an evocative, moving testament to the enduring power of a parents love and the bonds of family.
When Rogers daughter, Amya gifted doctor, mother, and wifecollapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition at age thirty-eight, Roger and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. Long past the years of diapers, homework, and recitals, Roger and GinnyBoppo and Mimi to the kidsquickly reaccustom themselves to the world of small children bedtime stories, talking toys, play-dates, nonstop questions, and nonsequential thought. Though reeling from Amys death, they carry on, reconstructing a family, sustaining one another, and guiding three lively, alert, and tenderhearted children through the pains and confusions of grief.
As he marvels at the strength of his son-in-law and the tenacity and skill of his wife, Roger attends each day to the one household duty I have masteredpreparing the morning toast perfectly to each childs liking. Luminous, precise, and utterly unsentimental, Making Toast is both a tribute to the singular Amy and a brave exploration of the human capacity to move through and live with grief.