Our Short History

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Our Short History

"Our Short History" deals with a subject that is somewhat hard to talk about...DYING. Author Lauren Grodstein does a very good job at presenting this mesmerizing as well as heart wrenching ale. Readers are placed into a deeply moving story. What will a mother do when she finds out that she doesn't have long to live? Single mother Karen is fighting stage IV ovarian cancer and she has a son who is just six year old. Karen writes a book for her young son. She intends for the book to be read when her son is older. “Our Short History” is definitely a tearjerker read.

Readers will have so many questions as the story goes on. What will happen when Jake asks his mother to find his dad? His parents parted under bad circumstances as his father didn’t want a child. Now Jake wants to meet his father, which presents problems for Karen. What will she do? Will her sister still be able to take care of Jake when his father enters the picture? Questions have to be answered as time is running out.

This is a very emotional read. We get to see the inner workings of many relationships as they change over time. Now, I did say that this is sad story however, do be ready for a little humor at times. Overall I found this book very absorbing and so memorable. It’s very thought provoking.

The author really gives the reader one beautifully well written story. It’s so very raw. We get to experience Karen's bravery in facing her illness. She is very admirable.

"Our Short History" is one story that I will not forget anytime soon. The author was able to convey clearly where Karen was and why she had such deep feelings about her past when it came to her son spending time with his father. I could definitely understand why she felt the way she did about this whole situation. In the end we see that this wasn't about the life Karen had given her son but the life he had given her.

Truly an unforgettable and moving story.


Book Blurb for Our Short History

“Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it’s bigger—and stronger—than before.”  —Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

How can a woman learn to let go of the people she loves the most? 

Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant and single mother, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.

But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then he can’t seem to leave him alone. Karen quickly grows anxious as she watches Dave insinuate himself into Jake’s life just as her own strength and hold on Jake grow more tenuous.

As she struggles to play out her last days in the “right” way for Jake, Karen wrestles with the knowledge that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son—let his father become a permanent part of his life—is the thing he needs from her the most. With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2017 5.00