From New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman, comes a moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.
Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that gets smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa’s work desk, the stuffed dragon Grandpa gave to Noah, the hyacinths that Grandma grew in her garden.
As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah’s father—Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond.
Grandpa, Grandma, Ted and Noah all meet in this space that grows dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear.