Book Review: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Hey, Library Girl!

Danny’s mom died after a years-long battle with cancer right before he graduated from high school.  It was the event that she was hanging on to see.  Now he’s left alone, in a big house with his faithful dog and memories of the way his family used to be.  He’s unsure what to do with the estate his mom has left, and then he gets a letter from the property manager in Tokyo, and Danny is stunned by the letter’s revelations about how happy his mother was in her final days while in Tokyo.  Danny decides to go to Tokyo and try to find peace in his mother’s death, as well as answer the lingering questions he has about how she lived her life.

Daisy Whitney’s moving, authentic novel about the loss of a parent is a standout of a novel.  Contemplative, and often quite quiet, the novel tackles all…

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