“A war correspondent by trade–past assignments include Iraq, Afghanistan and Jerusalem–McAllester has produced in Bittersweet a scrupulously honest dispatch that’s every bit as gripping as a report from Abu Ghraib, and every bit as vital…Above all, [it] is a mosaic of the disorienting facts of life after death–the prayers we con ourselves with, the old sorrows we uncover–assembled with an utterly unsentimental eye…This is the memoir of grief…no sugar added.”—Newsweek
“A book by one of our finest war-reporters, whose beat this time is not the battlefield but the kitchen. The precision of his descriptions, his frankness, and his defiant irony – for this is also a very funny book—gives us a powerful portrait of a family’s courage, tragedy and love.”—Rory Stewart, author of The Places in Between
“In Bittersweet, Matt McAllester, one of the most gifted writers of his generation, has crafted a love story of the first order. His unflinching honesty will make you cry. His culinary adventures will lead you to put on an apron. And his graceful storytelling will transfix you. It is the most sumptuous of literary treats.”—Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
: “A remarkably loving and wise account of a mother whose “loveliness–her illness and her death” finally taught him about life.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
From the Hardcover edition.