Me for You

Touchstone: S. & S. Mar. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781501179129. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501179143. F
Fifty-four-year-old Rudy Knowles was downsized from his Silicon Valley tech firm. His hospital pharmacist wife, Bethany, is supportive as Rudy takes a job playing the piano at Nordstrom in the mall. Then 54-year-old Bee dies in her sleep. Nearly a year later and still overcome by grief, Rudy can't quite see any reason to get out of bed—not his wonderful if buttoned-up daughter Cecelia; his effervescent young granddaughter, Keira; not even his Nordstrom coworker Sasha, a Hungarian émigré who loves Rudy's renditions of Chopin while contending with her own unimaginable loss. Now the police think Bee might have been murdered by a hospital employee. A rest for Rudy is definitely in order. Winston (Good Grief) continues to drive home the entangled feelings of loss and loneliness following a tragedy. She allows Rudy his self-pity and anger as his emotions are part of learning how to go on without the love of his life.
VERDICT Fans of Jonathan Tropper and Winston's other books will want to see Rudy safely along his journey. [See Prepub Alert 10/1/18; library marketing.]
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