(RHINEBECK, N.Y.) – Woodstock author Abigail Thomas, the author of “What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir,” will read from her work and sign copies at Oblong Books & Music at 6422 Montgomery St. in Rhinebeck on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7pm.
In “What Comes Next and How to Like It,” Thomas sets out to explore, what comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of her husband? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How can she cope with her daughter’s diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog? Is life worth living without three cocktails before dinner? How do you paint the ocean on a sheet of glass?
“What Comes Next and How to Like It” is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many things, but at the center is a steadfast friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child-raising, the vicissitudes and tragedies of life, it is this deep, rich bond that has sustained her.
Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (“The Lives of a Cell”), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. She is the author of six previous books, including the memoir “A Three Dog Life,” which was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. When Thomas can’t write, she paints. She teaches writing and lives in Woodstock, N.Y., with her four dogs.