Thorndike Press

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

  • Nina Riggs
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  • ISBN-10: 143284346X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432843465
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 408 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released October 2017



A New York Times Bestseller

Poet Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a year, the mother of two sons, married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. This is her exquisite memoir about learning how to live — and love — every day, with “death in the room.”


Customer Reviews

“Moving and insightful . . . Riggs writes with humor; the memoir is rife with witty one-liners and musings on the joys and challenges of mothering and observations on the importance of loving relationships . . . In this tender memoir Riggs displays a keen awareness of and reverence for all the moments of life both the light, and the dark, 'the cruel, and the beautiful.’”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Riggs reminds us that we are all in this world until we leave it; the gallows humor surrounding her mother's funeral will make readers howl guiltily but appreciatively. Whether confronting disease or not, everyone should read this beautifully crafted book as it imbues life and loved ones with a particularly transcendent glow.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting, and perseverance against insurmountable odds.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)