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A Little Hope by Ethan Joella

A glimpse into the small-town lives in a Connecticut town.


When Greg is diagnosed with multiple myeloma, his world begins to unravel. As does his wife's world. This story is about the connections between us and how to move on in the face of loss.

A Little Hope is one of those books that I read a bit ago but I needed a little time to process it before I was ready to provide a full review. I know that for some this will be a book that is too depressing or hits too close to home on sensitive topics like grief and addiction. Personally, I am the type of person that a book like this helps me process my feelings on these types of things, but I know it's not a book for everyone.

That little warning out of the way, let's talk about all of the good things that this book has to offer. Joella's writing is superb, there is just no other way to put it. Although it does take some time to get used to the shifting perspectives and understand the connections between all of the characters, it is all completely worth it because the writing is wonderful. Every character is nuanced and flawed which brings them to life.


It's a story about love, hope, and resiliency. All about the people who we've lost, but still love. The people that we need to forgive but are no longer with us. The waves of unending grief that knock you off your feet, then the love that surrounds you to pick you back up again.


I have no doubt that this will end up on my year end top 10 list!


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