|Plot Summary of Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral|
|"Annie Freeman is dead. She died of cancer at age 56 after rising from a teenage suicide attempt to live life on her own terms...dancing, she would say. Annie meticulously made plans for five friends who didn't know each other to scatter her ashes in six locations across the US. She sent invitations (more like directives!) and pre-paid the plane tickets, hotels, meals, and drinks at two bars per stop. And to Katherine, who found her, she sent her beloved red tennis shoes, filled with her ashes.
They didn't know each other, but left kids, husbands, dying mothers and patients, work, and leftover grief to pay tribute to Annie, and discover more about her, themselves, and each other. A special person in Annie's life was at each destination to shed more light on her life, and life and living in general. The experience changed the women, their families, and strangers in airports and across several states.
Though overwritten and approaching maudlin, the story offers a fresh look at the enduring influence of friendship. The writing is another matter. A subtitle might read: Story in need of an editor.
Better an elegant small book than the author's streams of pedestrian platitudes and predictable similes. "
Shery French, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- good friends
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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