Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.
Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.
Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.
About the author:
CANDACE GANGER is the author of Six Goodbyes We Never Said and The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash as well as a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.
Q&A with Candace Granger
I have the pleasure of being part of Candace Ganger’s book tour, so I chose to do a Q&A, since I’ve only ever done reviews of ARCs. It was a cool experience to hear from the author and to be able to ask a few questions that gave me a little more insight into the book itself.
So, Without further ado, here is my Q&A with Candace Granger:
Q1. What was your favorite part about Writing SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID? The greatest challenge?
Favorite: Naima’s linsent [sic] responses to her dad
Challenge: THE REST!
What was your inspiration for writing this story?
I wanted to showcase the way my disorders present to help others understand and I’ve written about my struggle with identity and loss as long as I can remember so this novel was a way to finally say goodbye. I’m still struggling with loss, so this was a way to navigate my own grief. That aside, my brother was a U.S. Marine, I have close friends who have fostered and adopted their children, and Six Goodbyes felt like the best place to tell all of these stories at once.
What do you hope for those that read SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID to learn from this story?
How to empathize with those who appear differently than you. You never know what battles they’re dealing with behind closed doors, so be kind.
Follow Candace on Twitter: @candylandgang + @WednesdayBooks
A few content/trigger warnings: Suicidal Thoughts
Here’s a few things I really like about SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID.
There are so many important topics covered in SGWNS. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, mourning, as well as biracial identities, bi- and/or pan- sexualities are a few of the things mentioned and explored in the story.
Ultimately, I appreciated the complexity of the characters and that not everything was given a neat bow. Life isn’t neat, grief isn’t neat, and saying goodbye to our grief isn’t easy. SGWNS gives a real, raw account of what it’s like to live through hard experiences and through the perspective of someone with multiple mental disorders.
SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID will be available September 24th!
Link to retailers: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250116246
I’ll be posting my full review on pub day.