Of Bliss and Granted Wishes is a true story of two remarkable individuals: Sophie and Sam Foster. The names are changed, but the locations are accurate, though not specifically identified, in Seattle, Washington.
Told in a non-linear style of recollected fragments and diary entries, the story spans the decades of their life together, from 1934, when they met (“as infants of thirty,” in Sophie’s words), through Sam’s loss of memory (diagnosed as Alzheimer’s) at the tender age of ninety-two, and concludes in the present.
Sam’s ebullience and mischievous wit blends with Sophie’s quiet mirth and wisdom, giving readers a rare opportunity to experience a sublime portrait, in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, of “people who really are excitingly happy” throughout their extremely long lives.
At the age of eighty-eight, to avoid retiring to a nursing home, they remodel their house and ask a family (mother, father, three young children, and a dog!) to move in with them. Never having had children or a dog of their own, this situation could have been catastrophic, but turns out as joyous discovery.
Filled with humor, rich with compassion, undying love, and a determined refusal to give in to decrepitude and illness, their story is proof that, in the words of Ireland’s great poet, Thomas Moore, “the heart that has truly loved never forgets.”
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Published July 7, 2014
by Bacchanal Port of Spain.
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