Young Ambrose Zephyer explained to his father that "things don't always have to be the way you'd expect." How correct he turned out to be. An ordinary man, he is married to Zappora Ashkenazi (whose nickname is Zipper) whom he met at work. Zipper writes for the third most popular fashion magazine. He loves her, she loves him.
No kids, just a quiet, content life until the doctor tells Ambrose that he has an incurable, fast moving disease and would probably be dead within a month. As a child Ambrose drew pictures of the letters of the alphabet - letters and images that began with those letters, but no A is for apple, B is for bear. For Ambrose A is for anaconda, B was for booby (a bird). So, entranced with the alphabet, Ambrose decides to visit 26 different places before he dies: one for each letter of the alphabet.
Zipper cannot understand why Ambrose isn't settling his affairs, planning his funeral. But he wants to travel and do things, so they start to travel. A is for Amsterdam, B is for the Brandenburg Gate. While Ambrose seems content or at least resigned to his fate, Zipper is struggling, afraid to show Ambrose her fear and sorrow.
This is a lovely story about love, death and dying. Well written it is actually charming even though the subject matter should be depressing. This book is anything but depressing. I recommend this book.
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