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Since I Last Saw You Paperback – December 12, 2013
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About the Author
In my heart-of-hearts, I am a teacher. Unfortunately, I don’t possess the temperament to be happy or successful teaching in a traditional classroom setting, so I have always found other ways to fulfill my perceived vocation. For many years, I developed and presented workshops on topics as varied as personal budgeting, leadership development and catechism. Someone once pointed out to me that storytelling is the most powerful and well-received form of teaching. That’s one reason that Jesus, among other great teachers, used it so liberally and to such effect. Since that time, I have dreamed of coming up with an entertaining and inspiring story that would allow me to share some of the life lessons I’ve learned. In particular, I wanted to tell a story that would elucidate the role of gratitude in creating and living a joyful life. Since I Last Saw You is the result of that desire. Thanksgiving—the most underappreciated holiday on the American calendar, in my opinion—seemed like a perfect backdrop for such a tale, and is featured prominently in my novel. It’s my hope and my dream that Since I Last Saw You becomes a holiday tradition— a story that readers will want to revisit year after year and share with their families—much in the way that watching It’s a Wonderful Life is for me. … Author Alice Ann Kuder writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her essays have been published in the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. As the Telltale Scribe, Kuder interviews individuals from the Greatest Generation—those who grew up during the Depression, then survived World War II— and has written mini-biographies for their loved ones. Alice is a native of the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Seattle with her dog, Tess.
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I really enjoyed reading about Ali's struggle and reflection on her life and relationship with her husband. I know so many married couples probably go through this when their spouse is alive, I couldn't imagine the magnitude of the reflection posthumously. I found her journey to revisit people who impacted her life so brilliant and felt the author could have spent more time on those individuals Ali questioned meeting or experienced an unexpected reaction.
The ending made me smile. Simple, quick and straight to the heart albeit it predictable.