In December 2020 my wife, Andrea, died of breast cancer.
I’ve a lot to say about this matter, actually!
And boy, say it I did.
The day after Andrea died, I started posting semi-daily postings on Facebook, telling people about my feelings, my experiences, my emotions, and making crappy jokes to make myself feel better. I held nothing back, just let it all out for the world to see.
And boy, see it they did!
These social media entries went places. Several posts went viral, and I got messages of support — and urging me to continue — from places as far away as India and New Zealand. Some of those messages asked me when they will be available in book form, because people wanted to share my journey with others. Because my journey helped them. Y’know, this seems like a jolly good idea!
But there is a lot more to life than death.
Like how the skinny runt with the ponytail managed to get the girl, marry her in a literal fairy tale wedding, and (now fat and bald) live until death do us part. Like the importance of music, dogs, and cricket. …and stuffed animals.
But I digress.
I also have a lot to say about life after death, and carrying on as a reluctant widower. Because who the hell wants to be an enthusiastic one, anyway? How I plodded along after the most important thing in the universe died, and how I managed to get out the other side. If only just.
This is a book on Love, Death, and Life. And the most self-indulgent homage I can write to my wife.
I cannot wait to tell you all about it.
Beer’s on me.
I knew this book was coming. I saw it on the reception desk and opened it somewhere in the middle. I was laughing and crying within 2 pages. It’s been a long time since I read anything so gripping. Thank you for writing this - it is so important
I felt, while reading it, that he was sitting across the table from me, pouring his heart and his hurt out. To me. His friend. Someone he's never even heard of. His story, and his gorgeous wife's story, is told with no pretences, no "this is a BOOK and I'm a fancy author" feel, he just speaks real.
I am a 47 year old grown man. I cried. I had to put the book down and recompose myself. I laughed at Gerry's quirkiness in telling the story, and a cried at Gerry's gentle but brutal honesty.
I can say that it had me crying, but it also had me laughing out loud at times. It's a heartwarming tome of LOVE written in Homage to the love of Gerry's life Andrea. Buy it Read it you won't be sorry! I will re-read it again...