|Author||Stephanie Wittels Wachs|
I loved this book. I'm a big fan of Harris' work and felt like I didn't have closure with his passing. Listening to podcasts and seeing him perform, I just felt like there were gaps in my understanding of what happened leading up to his death and it's so hard to get a sense of closure when you have so many questions. This book answered those questions and Stephanie has given his fans this gift, which fills in those gaps and gave me closure.
Stephanie also gives fans a second gift. This book is so well written and includes so many Harris quotes and vivid stories that he came alive again in my mind as I read. When you can imagine him saying these things and can picture him so clearly as you read, it feels like he's still alive and what a gift that is. When someone passes away you wish for just a little more time with them, and this book gave me that.
This book also feels like a mystery in that Stephanie tackles what most people question with an unexpected death: how did this happen, what could I have done differently and how did he spend his last hours on earth? The way she jumps from past to present to past again to help gain perspective and give insight into solving these questions is an excellent structure. The honesty in the way she describes her anger and sadness and even unpleasant moments with dealing with a relative who's an addict, is really refreshing. She doesn't sugarcoat the struggles and the grief.
This book is gut wrenching and wonderful. I'm so grateful to Stephanie for sharing this with us and for keeping Harris alive through her stories.
Buy this book, you will cry and laugh and hug your family harder the next time you see them.