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What Comes Next and How to Like It - A Memoir

Abigail Thomas

From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life, which "shines with honest intelligence" (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of Abigail's husband, a process both sudden and slow? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How to cope with her daughter's diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog? Is life worth living without three cocktails before dinner? How do you paint the ocean on a sheet of glass? And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? Who are our most trusted, valuable companions and what will we do for them? Instead of painting an ocean, paint a forest, turn it over, scrape the surface, and presto: there is the ocean. When you've given up, when you least expect it, there it is. What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her. Listeners who loved "the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer" (Newsweek) in Thomas's "spare, astonishing" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir, A Three Dog Life, will relish this beautiful examination of her life today-often solitary, but rich and engaging, with children, grandchildren, dogs, a few suitors, and her longtime best friend.

From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life, which "shines with honest intelligence" (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of Abigail's husband, a process both sudden and slow? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How to cope with her daughter's diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog? Is life worth living without three cocktails before dinner? How do you paint the ocean on a sheet of glass? And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? Who are our most trusted, valuable companions and what will we do for them? Instead of painting an ocean, paint a forest, turn it over, scrape the surface, and presto: there is the ocean. When you've given up, when you least expect it, there it is. What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her. Listeners who loved "the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer" (Newsweek) in Thomas's "spare, astonishing" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir, A Three Dog Life, will relish this beautiful examination of her life today-often solitary, but rich and engaging, with children, grandchildren, dogs, a few suitors, and her longtime best friend.
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From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life, which "shines with honest intelligence" (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of Abigail's husband, a process both sudden and slow? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How to cope with her daughter's diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog? Is life worth living without three cocktails before dinner? How do you paint the ocean on a sheet of glass? And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? Who are our most trusted, valuable companions and what will we do for them? Instead of painting an ocean, paint a forest, turn it over, scrape the surface, and presto: there is the ocean. When you've given up, when you least expect it, there it is. What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her. Listeners who loved "the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer" (Newsweek) in Thomas's "spare, astonishing" (Entertainment Weekly) memoir, A Three Dog Life, will relish this beautiful examination of her life today-often solitary, but rich and engaging, with children, grandchildren, dogs, a few suitors, and her longtime best friend.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 14m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:32


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

01:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

00:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:26


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

00:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:54


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

00:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

00:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:01


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:54


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:54


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

01:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:02


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:25


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

01:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:48


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:47


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

01:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:47


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:07


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:26


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

01:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:45


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

01:53


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:20


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:13


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:21


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

00:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:44


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:35


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:24


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:15


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

01:15


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

01:05


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:32


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:58


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

00:39


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

01:30


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:06


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:53


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

01:10


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

00:19


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:04


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:08


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:34


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

00:34


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

00:42


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

00:20


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

00:32


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

01:09


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:05


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:33


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

00:51


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

00:13


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

00:33


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

00:34


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

01:02