About The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go
Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.
Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.
But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine’s kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go.
What people are saying
“THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO is poignant, tender, and simply wonderful. Amy Reichert has outdone herself. With characters that are as complicated as they are original and a voice that is warmhearted and wise, you will hug this book when you’re done.”
— Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of THE SEVEN HUSBAND’S OF EVELYN HUGO
“Lose yourself in this rich and rewarding read!”
— Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of THE ORPHAN’S TALE
“Delightful and heartfelt, THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO is Reichert’s best book yet!”
— Bestselling author Karma Brown
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Amy E. Reichert is the author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE (Gallery / Simon & Schuster, summer 2015) and LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE (2016). She earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.