Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral

by  Kris Radish

Title: Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Genre:  Women’s Lives and Relationships, Gay/Lesbian

Publication Date:  2006

Number of Pages:  331

Geographical Setting:  United States

Time Period: 21st century

Series (If applicable): N/a

Plot Summary:  Annie G. Freeman has just died from ovarian cancer.  Her friends are struggling with her death and the loss of a huge part of their lives, when a UPS package arrives at the home of her childhood friend.  Within that package is a request that will change the lives of six women forever.  Annie wants her friends to embark on a traveling funeral.  As the six women come together to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of their friend, they are also forced to explore their own lives and the journey is as much about finding themselves as it is about letting Annie go.

Subject Headings:  Funerals; Female Friendships; Loss; Travel.

Appeal:  Leisurely paced; compassionate; contemplative; emotional; heartwarming; engaging; multiple points of view; bittersweet; character-centered; contemporary; conclusive; lyrical; inspirational.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Leisurely paced; emotional; engaging.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Grief and Loss: Understanding the Journey
by Stephen J. Freeman.  This book deals with ways that people deal with grief and loss and the complexities involved in humans and different coping methods.  This book might be helpful for those who are interested in better understanding how people deal with grief and loss.
The Best Women’s Travel Writings 2005: True Stories from Around the World
edited by Lucy McCauley.  This book is a compilation of women’s stories from around the world.  The issues dealt with in the stories offer a diverse look at women’s lives and relationships and the myriad of challenges and opportunities that they face.
100 Places Every Woman Should Go
by Stephanie Elizondo Griest.  For women who are interested in conducting a traveling funeral, or for those who just want to travel, this book provides insight into the many places the author has traveled to and the adventures to be had in each place.  This book is specifically geared towards women with packing guides, things to do, and reading recommendations.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Summer Rental
by Mary Kay Andrews.  Summer Rental should appeal to fans of Radish for its look inside the individual problems of five women and how those problems affect their relationships with one another.
All She Can Be
by Fern Michaels.  Michaels’ inspirational book about a woman, who decides to really live life, should appeal to fans of Radish’s book for its inspirational message that life is too short not to explore what makes you happy and fulfilled.
The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler.  The Jane Austen Book Club should appeal to fans of Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral for its take on a group of women and how female relationships play out within a group setting.
Jessica Lake



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