A Heart That Works

OrangeSky Audio. Nov. 2022. 3:25 hrs. ISBN 9781667075259. $58.99. MEMOIR
In this short, raw, and eloquent portrayal of parental love and loss, actor Delaney (Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.) stuns as he details his toddler son Henry’s short life and eventual death from brain cancer. Delaney narrates, recounting brutal memories and harsh realities with a subdued, matter-of-fact narrative style. His deep love for Henry shines throughout, brought forth by tender recollections of his brave and beautiful child. Between memories of overwhelming devastation, expressions of heartfelt gratitude, outbursts of rage, and dryly delivered comedic observations, he takes the time to explain cultural nuances for U.S. versus UK audiences. A gifted actor, Delaney also proves himself to be an exceptional writer who conjures vivid visual analogies and descriptions that perfectly encapsulate his complex emotions.
VERDICT Delaney’s visceral memoir and love letter to his child will leave listeners’ hearts aching. A powerful audio that communicates the wholly personal yet terribly unifying experience of grief.
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