“Told in a raw, non-sentimental voice that is both believable and authentic. This book oﬀers a ray of hope that although grief has many faces and moods, a journey through it does not necessarily mean a life sentence of sadness.”
—Abigail Carter, author of The Alchemy of Loss
Irene McGoldrick had a premonition in late 2002. Just out of the shower, she stood on the second ﬂoor landing of her home and watched her husband of nine years whisper good night to her toddler son. “Remember this moment, remember right now.” The haunting words seeped into her consciousness like a slow, rolling fog—“this won’t last.”
Irene and Bob were living an ordinary life a few months later when a cancer diagnosis shook their world to its core. Through poignant anecdotes that detail the young family’s journey through Bob’s illness—one that takes them to both extreme and alternative measures—Irene weaves an unforgettable narrative inspired by Bob’s journal entries and her own honest storytelling that is heartbreaking, and at times, comical. Eventually forced into widowhood at age thirty-six, Irene shares how she reluctantly embraced single parenthood and began her march through mourning, determined to embrace her grief with intention.
Two Chai Day is a compelling true story about embracing love and loss, realizing there can be laughter in the midst of sadness, and learning to appreciate the ambiguity of life.