A novella that delves into the true horror of death and what happens to those left in its wake.
I wasn't expecting this quiet though realistically disturbing story, told from the perspective of an elderly mortician who is deeply mourning the unexpected loss of wife. Though he has a lot of experience being around dead people and dealing with people who have lost loved ones, his own loss has left him empty and adrift.
There is such an honest truth in Lutzke's main character, a man you might easily pass on the street and not give a second thought to. But here, the reader experiences every thought, every emotion he hides away. I was completely captivated by his interior story, and despite the dark and morbid place the story goes, I was with him the whole way. That was the power of Lutzke's storytelling.
I'm not sure that closure is something that ever truly happens when we've lost someone important. But there is a mending, a rebuilding, that occurs if we allow ourselves space for it. This story is about that process and the true horror that so many people have to face alone as they find a new way to live in the world. There is a great emotional strength behind the horror that Lutzke creates that serves as the backbone to the story, and that real-to-life emotion is what makes his work resonate so chillingly deep.
Highly recommended. And I'm looking forward to many more books by this author!
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