Veteran writer Roger Rosenblatt offers a second memoir about his struggles to cope with grief after the death of his daughter.
As an award-winning journalist, author, playwright, and teacher, Roger Rosenblatt already had a distinguished and varied career as a wordsmith. But it was the unexpected 2007 death of his daughter, Amy, that turned him to a fresh genre – the memoir – as an outlet for grief. His 2010 book “Making Toast” explored the way that daily tasks – in his case, caring for Amy’s three small children – can help to force mourners into the future.
Now, Rosenblatt has followed “Making Toast” with Kayak Morning, a slender but powerful meditation on coping with loss over the passage of time. Using a solitary kayak trip as a vehicle, Rosenblatt explores the pain, bafflement, and yet deepening compassion that have engulfed him since Amy’s death.
He also looks back on his career, pondering the limited utility of words to help him in his current crisis. “There has to be something more lasting than a book,” he tells his therapist. And yet it is words he finds in a book – “Beneath my chill, I felt a great love stirring” – that ultimately suggest to Rosenblatt how he might move forward.