What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir


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Scribner Book Company
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5.2 X 0.5 X 8.0 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

ABIGAIL THOMAS is the author of Safekeeping, a memoir, as well as a novel and two story collections. She lives in Woodstock, New York, and teaches at the New School.


"What Comes Next and How to Like It is a beautifully felt, deeply moving memoir, the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field. It's about friendship, and the shocks friendship can endure when it's true and deep. It's about the rueful pleasures (not to mention the jarring pitfalls) of getting old. It's about enduring tragedy, sickness, and loss. Thomas speaks of these big things by scattering the ordinary jewelry of everyday life: loving dogs (even when they chew your most precious possessions), Googling old boyfriends, rescuing an orphan mouse, and trees that try to grow in the crack between boards. Small speaks for large here, in a calm voice that talks to the mind while it fills the heart. Abigail Thomas is the Emily Dickinson of memoirists, and so much of this book's wisdom is between the lines and in the white spaces. It may only take you two days to read, but the impact will stay with you for a long, long time. Abigail Thomas fills memory with living breath."--Stephen King
"This may be the most honest book I've ever read, by one of the most beautiful writers I know-- dizzyingly truthful, often funny, lyrical, wise."--Anne Lamott
"I would follow Abigail Thomas on any journey she ever takes. The arrival of a new book from this master is always a cause for celebration, because I know right away that I'm about to learn something important about the art of writing and the art of living, both. I come to her books as though to a feast, and leave fulfilled and transformed."--Elizabeth Gilbert
"This episodic memoir is full of love and life. Readers will identify with the feelings and the people even as they realize how different they are, how wondrous."--Eloise Kinney "Booklist "
"Bighearted...frank and funny andunpretentious...[Thomas's] gratitude and amazement abound."--Catherine Newman "More "
"Irreverent, wise, and boundlessly generous."--Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair "
"Full of love, humor, anger and a certain amount of uncertainty.... Although most of these passages are very short and read almost like journal entries, the overall picture Thomas conveys is that of the deep, soul-level relationships that exist between her and her family and with Chuck, connections that make all the highs and lows of life livable."--Lee E. Cart "Shelf Awareness "
"Beautifully written...wry...resilient. Her mature bones may not be all that flexible but her topics and sentences flip and cartwheel with the greatest of ease."--Maureen Corrigan "Fresh Air "
"Abigail Thomas knows adversity and how to make some kind of joy out of it... a meditation on aging and family that brings to mind Anne Lamott or Anna Quindlen... her gift is to never ponder too long on life's woes."--Nora Krug "The Washington Post "
"[Thomas] is in total control of the narrative even when she feels that she's not--a string of tragedies pieced together with undeterred grace....each scene feels fresh and alive."--Alex Layman "Kirkus Reviews "
"Thomas has another winner with WHAT COMES NEXT AND HOW TO LIKE IT... a rich, multifaceted portrait of the author's daily life in Woodstock, New York, with her beloved dogs. She is both forthright and self-deprecatingly funny ... readers will treasure this journey with a writer who comes across as a compelling, lively friend."--Alice Cary "Bookpage "
"Infused with [Thomas's] signature sense of mordancy and wit.... all about depth offeeling, the experience of being a mother and a friend...its disparate piecesfall into exquisite place."--David Ulin "Los Angeles Times "
"What Comes Next and How to Like It is the story ofhow Abigail Thomas manages to survive all the beauty and sadness life has givenher. If you only read one book this year, make it this one."--Ann Patchett
"I want to grow oldthe way Abigail Thomas is growing old -- with grace and wit, humor and honesty, dogs and dear friends. What Comes Next and How to Like It is plain-spoken and wise. Thomas's chapters are brief (some just a paragraph, none longer than three pages), but they feel complete and full. She says what she means and no more. (But she says it beautifully.)"--Laurie Hertzel "Minneapolis Star Tribune "
"A nearly unforgivable betrayal in the middle of [a] long friendship somehow didn't end it... and it's this spirit of stalwart love and loyalty that makes Thomas's work so moving... The result is a book that reads very quickly, but lingers long after."--Kate Tuttle "Boston Globe "
"Hilarious, wise, generous...full of interesting places and people and art and feeling and moment and thought." --Dinah Lenney "Los Angeles Review of Books "
"The astonishingly rhapsodic What Comes Next and How to Like It is this master stylist's best work yet...One of the many gifts of What Comes Next is the news Thomas brings us from the front lines of old age, peppery and witty, neither romanticized nor denied."--Meredith Maran "Chicago Tribune "
"A former book editor and memoirist's accountof the remarkable 35-year friendship that sustained her through the trials andtribulations of adult life...A moving andeloquent memoir."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A keenly observed memoir...[Thomas] writes of the changes aging brings us all and of coping through love: of family, dogs, a well-turned phrase. She is superb company."--People Magazine
"Beautiful... Thomas writes arrestingly about the trials and gifts of friendship What Comes Next and How to Like It is ultimately about how to live with the hand one is dealt: its disappointments and surprises, the grief and the grace... The result is a thing of beauty, largely owing to the author's utter fearlessness in the face of the unexpected." --The Economist