I am writing a literary love letter, well more likely shopping one.
A dear dear old friend of mine just sent me an email telling me of her recent diagnosis of breast cancer and her continuing battle with it. A long road.
I lent her a book a few months ago, and while she was heading to one of the waiting rooms she spends so much time in now, she picked it up to take it with her, and she loved it. She even laughed out loud in Chemo. Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. If you're reading this, thank you Louis de Bernières. You can know that you helped at least one person during a very difficult time.
My friend has asked me for more book titles, books she will love, books she that will make her laugh. I am now on a poignant, but entrancing quest, to find books that SHE specifically will love, that would suit her down to the ground, and that will fill her with happiness and laughter.
It is a wonderful way to think of another person, to look at them through the lens of literature, through their viewpoint, and interests and sense of humour.
Making the list now, sending it soon....via Amazon, at least in part.
Hang tough friend.