Ruby is the youngest child in the tightly knit Bronstein family, a sensitive, observant girl who looks up to her three older brothers. She is especially close to her youngest brother Nathan, always ready to entertain and indulge his sister, and in awe of her stern but gentle father, a Holocaust survivor whose past and deep sense of morality mystify her. When Ruby is ten, her eldest brother is suddenly taken to the hospital and he emerges as someone she barely recognizes. This is only the first in a startling series of tragedies that befalls the Bronsteins and leaves Ruby reeling from sorrow and disbelief. As Ruby's family fractures, this disarmingly intimate and candid novel follows Ruby through the thrills, confusion, and longing of adolescent experience, through her close friendships, early romances, and questioning of faith and identity - until she chooses to reconcile what she has lost with whom she has become. Written in clear-eyed, unsentimental prose, The Cure for Grief is as much about love and the beauty of life as it is about loss.
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