Pack Up the Moon (Paperback)
Joshua Park has just lost his vibrant, cheerful young wife, Lauren, to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. During her last few months, Lauren wrote letters to Joshua, one for each month of the first year after her death, and gave them to her best friend to deliver. She knew that Joshua would have a hard time healing, and she gives him a small task each month to try to help him find happiness again. Starting with the first task (Go to the Grocery Store), Joshua does his best to follow the journey his wife has set for him, with results that range from great success to wild (and sometimes hilarious) chaos. This book is sweet, funny, heart-rending and hopeful, and I had such a good cry reading it!— Cora
They used to joke about her “honey do” lists. He just never realized how much he would need one when she was gone.
Being a widower is not something Joshua Park ever expected. Given his solitary job as a scientist, his small circle of friends and family, and the social awkwardness he’s always suffered from, Josh has no idea how to negotiate this new, unwanted phase of life. But his beloved wife Lauren had a plan to keep him moving forward, to lead him on a journey through grief, anger, and denial—twelve letters.
Twelve letters to see him through the first year without her, and to lead him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find joy again. From his first outing as a widower to buy groceries to finding a new best friend while sobbing in a clothing store, Joshua’s grief makes room for him to learn Lauren’s most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn’t follow a straight line.
Emotional, heartwarming, and perfect for book clubs, TikTok sensation Pack Up the Moon illuminates how love always finds a way to carry bring us joy, even when we least expect it.
The happy mother of two snarky and well-adjusted adults, Kristan enjoys gardening, mixology, the National Parks and complimenting strangers on their children. She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, cuddly dog and indifferent cat. Find her online at KristanHiggins.com, twitter.com/Kristan_Higgins, and facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks.
"A gorgeous study of love, life and grief, this book broke my heart—and then stitched me back together again. Kristan Higgins is a masterful storyteller."—New York Times bestselling author Colleen Oakley
“A moving and life-affirming portrait of grief that’s sure to bring the tears.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Higgins is a master of snappy dialogue, and her characters are authentic and relatable—a must for this type of novel. The heart of the story is tragic, but just like real life, there’s humor hidden in the darkest moments. This warm, bighearted story about grief, family, and the redemptive power of love will appeal to fans of Katherine Center and Jennifer Weiner.”—Booklist, starred review
"Perfect pacing and plotting lift Higgins’s masterly latest. This is going to break (and restore) plenty of hearts.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins tells a heartwarming—and heartbreaking—story about young love, loss and the lingering effects of grief. … A story about resilience and everlasting love, this stunningly written tale is a true tearjerker."—Good Morning America
“Kristan Higgins is beloved for her rich, heartwarming sagas—which her latest novel delivers.”—Women’s World
"Higgins has crafted one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. It will make you cry but also leave you breathless and aching for a love like Joshua and Lauren’s."—Book Reporter
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