Faye, Faraway

by HELEN FISHER

What would you give for the ability to travel through time to spend another day with someone you'd lost?

What secrets would you keep to hide what you could do?

Some books must be read when we're at our lowest. Others, when we're at our best. Helen Fisher's Faye, Faraway is meant to be read when we don't know where we are or how we got there at all. This story is one of healing and mourning, laughing and weeping, and no matter what your own tragedy might be, you will find yourself within these pages.

For a book about a dead mom, Faye, Faraway, is delightfully light-hearted.

In a whirl of magical realism and nostalgia, Faye finds herself able to travel back in time to the year before she lost her mother. What she finds in her mother is a thirty-something friend she desperately needed. Finally, she can ask her mother how she did it - how did she live a life so full and lovely that even death couldn't darken the memories she made. As days go on, Faye realizes this simply can't last forever. At some point, she'll either have to stay in the past, clinging madly to her mother, or she'll have to let her go. As Faye's heart pieces itself back together, readers feel their own hearts aching for reconciliation. ​ 

This is the sort of story that makes you remember your favorite childhood memories with your person -- the one who made you feel special.

Faye, Faraway creates a space for all who are grieving and lonely and lost to imagine a world where we got to say goodbye. To our mother, our daughter, our friend -- to anyone we lost before we were ready to live without them. I loved the way I didn't feel sorry for the women in this story. I felt for them, because I understood them. 

This book made me feel seen. It made me feel known. In the middle of a pandemic and a broken world, Faye, Faraway made me feel better.

Outlander, The Time Traveler's Wife, A Man Called Ove

I'm not here to tell you what to do - that would be ridiculous - but I am here to let you know that this book could be very difficult to read if you've recently lost a mother, a friend, or a loved one. On the other hand, it mind be exactly the sort of book your heart needs as you begin to heal. The choice is up to you.

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