Expected publication date: July 28th 2015
What do you do with your last day on earth?
Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.
The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.
Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.
I don’t talk about it a lot, but I have a deep fear of extermination – of knowing that I or the people around me are going to die, and we won’t have done all the things we hoped to have done or made it count in the right way. And when I say “we”, I really mean “I”.
The little known movie Melancholia
looks at a similar situation to the one in All We Have Is Now – that is, the extermination of the human race and whether anything we do matters or can be remembered.
Yes, it’s a Kirsten Dunst movie. If you have problems with depression, DO NOT WATCH IT.
When I saw Melancholia in the theatre, I was depressed for days. Let’s just say director Lars von Trier is not known for being a happy guy, and the possible hopelessness of existence weighed heavily on me.
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, something settled deep in my chest. It was a feeling that Emerson and Vince could show me the way. That Lisa Schroeder had written something that could counter that feeling of hopelessness. That maybe, even if we have limited time, that last day can matter. That our little moments of joy do count.
I’m waiting for this book because I need it to give me a different perspective on the grand scheme of things. I want to believe that what we do matters, and I think this book can show me the way.
Are you interested in reading ALL WE HAVE IS NOW? Do you think about extermination as much as I do? Do you believe that our small moments of happiness matter? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!
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