When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin somehow manages to give perfect voice to an 84-year-old Irish codger, still grieving the death of his wife two years ago and taking a good, hard look at his life before he moves out of his home and into the next phase of his life. In each section, Maurice toasts five influential people in his life. He does so with a lot of regret for things unsaid, especially to his son, Kevin, to whom he’s sort of dictating his thoughts. Griffin uses these memories to tell the story of Maurice’s life – a life like any other with its joys, sorrows, accomplishments, and failures – while conveying the idea that maybe all of us should evaluate our lives and relationships before it becomes too late. Readalikes: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf; A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman