The author of the acclaimed The Happy Hour Choir and Better Get to Livin’ is back with a wonderfully funny and sweetly honest novella about family, football, and our final wishes for the ones we love.
When Edie Malcolm’s husband, Jerome, passes away after sixty years of marriage, the looming emptiness is so heartbreaking all she wants to do is follow him. But Jerome’s will is packed with surprises—for Edie, her sister-in-law Janice, and two teenagers mired in the awkward process of discovering the adults they will become.
To fulfill Jerome’s final wish, Edie and Janice and their two teen drivers must take the Orange Blossom Special—the old hearse Jerome painted in a bright University of Tennessee checkerboard—to three points across the state to spread his ashes. For Edie and Janice, decades of mutual dislike are packed in their overnight bags, but every mile of their odd road trip offers eye-opening truths about grief, love, and the kind of friendship that blooms in the most unexpected places . . .