Donna Everhart

First Sentence Fridays – Chapter 32

There are tons of quotes about death, and one of the most well known is, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~William Shakespeare

A variation of this line was used towards the end of one of my favorite movies, Meet Joe Black. Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, and Brad Pitt are a few of the cast, and that alone makes it worth seeing, but the story line is unique too. It’s all about an encounter with the Grim Reaper. In this case, he’s “drop dead” gorgeous, if you don’t mind the pun – the part is played by Brad Pitt, y’all. The Grim Reaper strikes a bargain where he inhabits the body of a person who was supposed to die, and gets to experience the joys of life using their physical body as a medium, from the taste of peanut butter, to love, all of it, eventually in exchange for a soul.

We all have our own ways of processing death. Grief is very personal, and there is no right or wrong way to go through the difficulties of it.  We have the rituals, the steps we take, but without a doubt, it’s clear, to me anyway, that we’re simply doing what we can to try and make sense of what sometimes makes no sense at all.


In THE FORGIVING KIND, Sonny is grappling with conflicted feelings over a death, while realizing there is nothing she can do.


Chapter 32

Being around death, you can’t never get used to that feeling it gives you, just plain powerless in the face of it.


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6 thoughts on “First Sentence Fridays – Chapter 32”

  1. YEs, death is one way that we see are own very limited abilities. Helplessness. I can see why this book will be full of much trauma and emotions.

    1. I think about my mother a lot when I think about the processing of death – b/c of her 60 year marriage to my father, and how it’s affected her since his passing, much less how it’s affected me. The book has some pretty heavy moments without a doubt. I’m looking forward to your opinion.

  2. I used to shelter myself with magical thinking; if I denied inevitability it would hide its face. The older I get the more mortal I become.

    TWO WEEKS Donna!!! 🙂

    1. One of my favorite books from a YA perspective – THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. But yes, same here, the older, the more mortal – true words! And . . . I know! (chews nails) 🙂

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