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Book Review of As Bright as Heaven

As Bright as Heaven
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As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner explores the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic through one Philadelphia neighborhood, focusing on the Bright family who operate a funeral home.

While many readers are seeking an escape from current reality, it felt right for me to lean into it, and now was the perfect time for me to read this exceptional historical fiction novel. Yes, some chapters closely mirrored current events, but it was oddly comforting to see characters on the page experience what we're going through.

I especially appreciated that two-thirds of the novel focuses on life after the pandemic. It was a powerful reminder that life will continue after COVID-19. It may be quite different than pre-Coronavirus, but there will be a future.


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