Making Toast

Making Toast

A Family Story

Book - 2010
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Describes how, after their adult daughter's sudden death, the author and his wife moved in with their son-in-law and three grandchildren, quickly becoming reaccustomed to the world of small children and helping the family grieve and get on with life.

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“A painfully beautiful memoir….Written with such restraint as to be both heartbreaking and instructive.”

—E. L. Doctorow

 

A revered, many times honored (George Polk, Peabody, and Emmy Award winner, to name but a few) journalist, novelist, and playwright, Roger Rosenblatt shares the unforgettable story of the tragedy that changed his life and his family. A book that grew out of his popular December 2008 essay in The New Yorker, Making Toast is a moving account of unexpected loss and recovery in the powerful tradition of About Alice and The Year of Magical Thinking. Writer Ann Beattie offers high praise to the acclaimed author of Lapham Rising and Beet for a memoir that is, “written so forthrightly, but so delicately, that you feel you’re a part of this family.”



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When his daughter, Amy, collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Rosenblatt and his wife leave their home on Long Island to move in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. He peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create a testament to familial love.
The National Book Critics Circle Award-finalist author of Children of War describes how, after his adult daughter's sudden death, he and his wife moved in with their son-in-law and three grandchildren, quickly becoming reaccustomed to the world of small children and helping the family grieve and get on with life. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061825934
006182593X
Characteristics: 166 p. ; 22 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 31, 2016

Beautifully written, wise, and very touching. A testament to the power of a loving, compassionate and intelligent family.

ChristchurchLib Jan 15, 2013

"When writer and journalist Roger Rosenblatt's 38-year-old daughter, Amy, died from an undetected heart condition in 2007, Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, moved in with their son-in-law to help care for their three young grandchildren, Jessica, Sammy, and James. In Making Toast, Rosenblatt writes tenderly and beautifully about how the mundane tasks of caring for his grandchildren - making their morning toast, ferrying them to afternoon activities, reading bedtime stories - helped him cope with Amy's death and move forward with his life." January 2013 Biography and Memoir Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=591080

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This short memoir is the story of the first couple of years after the sudden death of Rosenblatt's daughter Amy. Amy was a young mother of three children and a pediatrician. Rosenblatt and his wife dropped the lives they were living and moved into the in-law suit in the house Amy shared with her husband and children and began as Rosenblatt's wife, Ginny, says "to live Amy's life". They do what needs to be done with the children and the house and help Amy's husband Harris to have a life as well.
The title refers to Rosenblatt's task of making breakfast to each child's liking every morning, specifically toast.
He talks about the other people, friends and family, that help to make things go smoothly and the emotional help both taken and offered.
Well-written and reflecting on Amy's life, this book is a lovely tribute to his daughter.

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ms_mustard
Mar 12, 2011

A father/grandfather/husband's window on the grief of a 3 generation family that lost a daughter, wife and mother. I would like to see through the window of the mother/grandmother/wife.

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ChloesMama
Feb 19, 2011

Although not written in the "conventional" fashion of a story, this book was incredible. It was so touching and beautiful I couldn't put it down (no matter how much it made me cry). It is one of those books that teaches us not to take one little moment of our time with someone for granted. Wow.

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Minnetonka_Library
Dec 28, 2010

This is the story of the death of the author's daughter and he and his wife's subsequent move to the home of his son-in-law to help raise three young children. Beautifully written and very touching.

debwalker Dec 09, 2010

There was a time when a brief account of the three generations of a close-knit family living under the same roof and struggling to make sense of the sudden death of a young wife and mother wouldn't have been all that extraordinary. That it takes place within the last two years in an affluent household in Bethesda, Md., transforms Rosenblatt's plainspoken, heartfelt story into something remarkable.

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KarenBeenken
Sep 07, 2010

I highly recommend this wonderful little book. I want a sequel to know how the kids are doing! A simply told but deeply moving account of family and how life can change in a heartbeat.

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LosAltosReads
Jul 08, 2010

A heartbreaking look at grandparents who help raise the children of their deceased daughter. Rosenblatt and his family exude a quiet dignity in dealing with this personal tragedy.

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andreareads
Feb 18, 2012

Exceptional people are sometimes freakish.

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andreareads
Feb 18, 2012

The photos are distributed on the walls, on Ginny’s desk, on the mantelpiece, the bed tables, the dresser. Once in a while, Ginny is brought down by the sight of them, or of any artifact connected to a memory. I am more often felled by mundane problems or momentary concerns, such as choosing a shirt to wear or remembering to take a pill – since nothing will ever be normal again.

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andreareads
Feb 18, 2012

On the weekend, we visit the cemetery. Each time, I go with a mixture of need and trepidation, because I know I may break down at the sight of the small rectangle of earth, the boxwood outlining it, the conical brass receptacle for flowers, and the marker, which is so definite.

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andreareads
Feb 18, 2012

There is no logic to the relationship of in-laws. The one you love chooses the one he or she loves, and the rest is up to you and that person.

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andreareads
Feb 18, 2012

Something about the momentum of our lives is good for us, keeps us from sinking. Given the choice between confessions of sorrow, however cathartic, and the simplest act of getting on with it, we’ll get on with it.

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