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If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet. But Peter, the mysterious young man in charge of Walter’s afterlife, isn’t listening to Walter. In Peter’s eyes there is beauty in every day, even the bad ones. Even the really bad ones. Of which Water has had more than a few. But there are also days of bravery and heroism. Selflessness and grace. And Rosie…there are lots of days of Rosie. Before it’s too late for both of them, Peter has to remind Walter that there’s more to life than dying.


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If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet. But Peter, the mysterious young man in charge of Walter’s afterlife, isn’t listening to Walter. In Peter’s eyes there is beauty in every day, even the bad ones. Even the really bad ones. Of which Water has had more than a few. But there are also days of bravery and heroism. Selflessness and grace. And Rosie…there are lots of days of Rosie. Before it’s too late for both of them, Peter has to remind Walter that there’s more to life than dying.

30 review for A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

  1. 5 out of 5

    Molly O'keefe

    My 51st book! And I know we're not supposed to love any of our own books more than the other - but Walter, this strange, magical, heart-breaking but ultimately affirming love story about heaven and family and forgiveness... well, it's my favorite. I said it. It's been kicking around in my head and on no less than three computers over the years. And I'm so delighted to finally have it out in the world. 99 cent preorder! You can't beat that! And Free on Kindle Unlimited. Available December 9. http My 51st book! And I know we're not supposed to love any of our own books more than the other - but Walter, this strange, magical, heart-breaking but ultimately affirming love story about heaven and family and forgiveness... well, it's my favorite. I said it. It's been kicking around in my head and on no less than three computers over the years. And I'm so delighted to finally have it out in the world. 99 cent preorder! You can't beat that! And Free on Kindle Unlimited. Available December 9. https://amzn.to/2s9vag2

  2. 5 out of 5

    Timitra

    A Day In The Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story is about healing, learning to forgive, changing your perceptions and accepting the things you can’t change. I enjoyed Walter’s journey of self discovery and recommend to those looking for a different experience. Copy provided by author

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This book was spectacular, beautiful, an emotional rollercoaster I never wanted to get off of, and quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annika Martin

    This book is a treasure. There is just nothing else like it. Go in without preconceptions, because they'll be totally blown to bits. I wanted to just hold it to my heart after I read it. This book is a treasure. There is just nothing else like it. Go in without preconceptions, because they'll be totally blown to bits. I wanted to just hold it to my heart after I read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dar

    How can a story pack so much emotion, so much hope, in such a dreary setting? But it does, and Walter is such a fuddie duddie, and for the most part, I get it. Life is hard, things stay with us, and in the end, they don’t magically go away. But they don’t have to, as Walter realizes, finally, after we take this journey with him. The things that bother us, shaped us, to the person we are, don’t go away at the end. The good things though, the little moments that make up life, they are the ones tha How can a story pack so much emotion, so much hope, in such a dreary setting? But it does, and Walter is such a fuddie duddie, and for the most part, I get it. Life is hard, things stay with us, and in the end, they don’t magically go away. But they don’t have to, as Walter realizes, finally, after we take this journey with him. The things that bother us, shaped us, to the person we are, don’t go away at the end. The good things though, the little moments that make up life, they are the ones that pass quietly by, and make the most of the times we forget, but our souls remember. Every day isn’t a good day, but the good days, they are the simple ones, and they make a life worth living

  6. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict

    While this isn’t a romance, there is a love story in Walter's book, and it's a challenge to write a review for it. I don’t want to spoil your reading experience by giving you details about Walter’s journey, but I can tell you his story is honest, emotional, raw, compelling and unforgettable. It’s not a second chance for Walter, much as it’s a chance to see his past with new eyes and to reframe his memories. After a lifetime of regrets, poor decisions and broken promises, Walter has the chance upo While this isn’t a romance, there is a love story in Walter's book, and it's a challenge to write a review for it. I don’t want to spoil your reading experience by giving you details about Walter’s journey, but I can tell you his story is honest, emotional, raw, compelling and unforgettable. It’s not a second chance for Walter, much as it’s a chance to see his past with new eyes and to reframe his memories. After a lifetime of regrets, poor decisions and broken promises, Walter has the chance upon his death to relive one day before reaching his eternal destination. While trying to decide which day to choose, Walter gets glimpses into his past and a chance to see events of his life in a new light. It's both heart breaking and poignant, and eventually leads Walter to redemption and forgiveness. His story is a reminder to be kind and gentle with ourselves, to memorialize those seemingly insignificant moments, and to appreciate what really matters. Walter's story is timeless and will be as moving, profound and relevant a hundred years from now as it is today. It will touch your heart, leave its mark on your soul, and give you a greater appreciation for the people in your life. Don’t miss this compelling, thought-provoking, phenomenal read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Astra Astrid

    I wanted to write this now, before I knew much. So, no spoilers. Remember the first season of The Good Place, and all the mistakes Michael made? You would really think that the... beings in charge of souls would be a little more competent. Well, that's how I feel about Walter's guide, Peter. How is he so clueless‽ Stay tuned, we might have an answer. Ok, I'm done, and I still don't have an answer. I'm not sure that I'd call this a love story, either. All in all, however, it was satisfying. I wanted to write this now, before I knew much. So, no spoilers. Remember the first season of The Good Place, and all the mistakes Michael made? You would really think that the... beings in charge of souls would be a little more competent. Well, that's how I feel about Walter's guide, Peter. How is he so clueless‽ Stay tuned, we might have an answer. Ok, I'm done, and I still don't have an answer. I'm not sure that I'd call this a love story, either. All in all, however, it was satisfying.

  8. 4 out of 5

    C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 Rosie Stars Great book. I went in expecting something different than what I usually read, and that is what I got. This really was a good book, not without mistakes though. I needed a good cry and heartwarming book, and after crying over the blurb, (I cry over everything), I decided to read it. It started out really good, and though I don't think the beginning was meant to be emotional, it made me that. Walter was a cynic and after being alone for so long, he was just unhappy. I liked how we saw 4 Rosie Stars Great book. I went in expecting something different than what I usually read, and that is what I got. This really was a good book, not without mistakes though. I needed a good cry and heartwarming book, and after crying over the blurb, (I cry over everything), I decided to read it. It started out really good, and though I don't think the beginning was meant to be emotional, it made me that. Walter was a cynic and after being alone for so long, he was just unhappy. I liked how we saw snippets of his teenager and younger years before Rosie, but they also were a bit boring, and i gotta say, I didn't care for him mentioning his ex-gf a bit, or him wanting to go back to the day he had sex with her for the first time, especially because of how In love he was with his wife. Then again, I understand why. I felt as if he was trying to forget memories of his daughter and wife and his pain when he lost them, and instead wanted to remember more memories when he was younger and naive, before he felt any real pain. His relationship with his parents was sad, seeing as his dad was always a jerk, at least he thought he was, but then he saw the truth of it all, and yet he can't change any of it, or make new memories. His relationship with his daughter was also heartbreaking for me personally, seeing as I do have problems with my dad and alcohol, so that hit close to home, but I didn't like how we never really got any closure between him and her. I like how Walter wasn't perfect, he had a lot imperfections, such as I'm guessing depression, and alcoholism, and maybe a bit of a temper. He simply just needed to remember his happy days, and forget the bad ones he couldn't change, to feel happy again. I didn't like how he realized so late in the book that he really did want to see his wife. I felt as if the blurb was a bit misleading on that, because although he mentioned Rosie a lot, we went through his younger years more than we did of with Rosie because he was so against seeing her again and having to say goodbye. We didn't even see Rosie until I think around 65%, and that's when my crying started again, of course. The end was a little confusing. Were they dead? In the afterlife together? If so, i wish we would have gotten a reunion when they see each other again. If not, were they alive? Did he get a second chance? Or was that all just a fantasy before he truly moved on? So definitely open ended and confusing. Overall, this was a really good short, heartbreaking, but with a light at the end of the tunnel (kind of?) book, and it was nice to read something different. Will for sure read this author again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/5/19. Loved! I still can't believe that this book was as short as it was, because OMG there was so much emotion packed into those pages! Walter and Peter (his guide? handler? manager?) take readers on one heck of a ride here as Peter tries to prod Walter into picking his one day. The problem? Walter's convinced he doesn't deserve a day. In fact, he's sure that all of the "suggested" days that Peter has in Walt's file are busts--they're not what they appear Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/5/19. Loved! I still can't believe that this book was as short as it was, because OMG there was so much emotion packed into those pages! Walter and Peter (his guide? handler? manager?) take readers on one heck of a ride here as Peter tries to prod Walter into picking his one day. The problem? Walter's convinced he doesn't deserve a day. In fact, he's sure that all of the "suggested" days that Peter has in Walt's file are busts--they're not what they appear to be on the surface. And to an extent, he's right. Take an easy example: according to Peter, a lot of decorated war heroes choose the day they earned their honors as their day to relive. But for Walter that was a day of agony and confusion with absolutely nothing he wanted to experience again (and we do relive a bit of it with him--it's just about as horrible as you think). Every day that Peter tries to nudge Walter toward seems to have bad connotations for Walter. Or do they? With Peter's help, Walter's able to see aspects of his days, his relationships, and his life that he wasn't aware of before. Soon he's seeing things with new eyes. But is it enough to change Walter's perception of himself and of his life? What day will be pick, and what will that experience mean for him going forward? What "forward" is there for Walter? To find out, you're going to have to read Walter's (and, eventually--Rosie's!) story for yourself. Just make sure you have A LOT of tissues handy, because you're going to need them. :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Molly O'Keefe delivers a powerful story with A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story. A book that for me was Heaven Can Wait and A Christmas Story rolled into one. A chance to watch as Walter is sent to a place we call limbo and be able to revisit important and sometimes painful times in his life once more. This broken man, allowing the pain of war and the loss of his wife turn him into someone even he couldn't recognize any longer. And now to have that last chance to find the peace Molly O'Keefe delivers a powerful story with A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story. A book that for me was Heaven Can Wait and A Christmas Story rolled into one. A chance to watch as Walter is sent to a place we call limbo and be able to revisit important and sometimes painful times in his life once more. This broken man, allowing the pain of war and the loss of his wife turn him into someone even he couldn't recognize any longer. And now to have that last chance to find the peace in death he could never truly find in life. Although this book shows Walter's heartbreaking journey, O'Keefe beautifully combines tender moments and brief glimpses of true happiness to give it a lovely heartwarming feel. Showing us that in the end, perhaps all we need is a bit of faith and everything we ever said or did in our lives was not for naught after all. With the standout guide in Peter for our tired hero, offering a bit of humor when things were a complete ball of confusion, A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story is full of hope and redemption. A different kind of look into the afterlife and what might be waiting for all of us when our times come. A true charmer of a story that is not to be missed. It is the perfect respite from all the madness this holiday season can bring and I happily give this book 5 devoted stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    MBenzz

    I loved this book so much. It was a last minute choice for me. It popped up in my daily BookBub recommendations email, and even though there are over 200 books ahead of it that I need to read, it was free on Kindle Unlimited, so I gave it a go. Walter Zawislak is dead. He wakes up wandering the halls of a hospital and is helped by a very sweet, yet very straight-forward man (angel?) named Peter (no, not THAT Peter). Walter must relive one day of his life before he can move on, but Walter is an ext I loved this book so much. It was a last minute choice for me. It popped up in my daily BookBub recommendations email, and even though there are over 200 books ahead of it that I need to read, it was free on Kindle Unlimited, so I gave it a go. Walter Zawislak is dead. He wakes up wandering the halls of a hospital and is helped by a very sweet, yet very straight-forward man (angel?) named Peter (no, not THAT Peter). Walter must relive one day of his life before he can move on, but Walter is an extremely stubborn, sad and broken man. He refuses to pick a day, so Peter gives him glimpses of past days that he may have forgotten about in order to try and speed up the process and get Walter passed on. What follows are beautiful snapshots of a mans whole life...the wonder of being a child, the excitement of winning the big game and getting the girl, the heartache and trauma of war, the feeling of finding your true love and soul mate, the love and frustration that comes with being the father of a teenage girl, and the loss of the one you hold most dear. Walter may be a grumpy old man, but you can't help but feel for him. I loved every minute of this book. It had me taking a good look at my own life and wondering which days I would want to relive, which days were my happiest and my hardest, and being sad about all the wonderful days in between that I've since completely forgotten about. I love life-after-death fiction, and this book is one of my favorites that I've read in that genre (along with Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin). Highly recommend this!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hanson

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I wasn't disappointed. This book is very different from anything I have read recently and was great for something a little out of the ordinary. It really made me stop and think about how everything we do and everything we say really can change how things turn out. Even if you don't think it's significant, it really can be, especially to some one else. It also made me stop and think that how we perceive something may not be how somebody else d This is the first book I have read by this author and I wasn't disappointed. This book is very different from anything I have read recently and was great for something a little out of the ordinary. It really made me stop and think about how everything we do and everything we say really can change how things turn out. Even if you don't think it's significant, it really can be, especially to some one else. It also made me stop and think that how we perceive something may not be how somebody else does who was also there and that somethings really are truly in the eye of the beholder. Molly does a fantastic job of moving this story along and keeping you interested so that you want to finish it. It really did make me stop and contemplate my own life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    For those of us of a certain age who are dealing with aging parents and/or our own mortality, A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story, is not an easy book to read. But that’s exactly why we should be reading it. It is at times heartwrenching, others heartwarming, and you will want to put it down more than once. But at its core it makes you think. It reminds us that while we focus on the bad, we need to remember the good. Because the good always outweighs the bad. We just all need to For those of us of a certain age who are dealing with aging parents and/or our own mortality, A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak: A Love Story, is not an easy book to read. But that’s exactly why we should be reading it. It is at times heartwrenching, others heartwarming, and you will want to put it down more than once. But at its core it makes you think. It reminds us that while we focus on the bad, we need to remember the good. Because the good always outweighs the bad. We just all need to have a little more faith. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz Talley

    Totally refreshing read from Molly O’Keefe that took me back to her beautiful, layered stories I first fell in love with. Told with humor and tenderness, this tale of a man reliving his life after his death is stirring and made me examine my own life. What day would I pick to relive? What moments do I treasure most? What days do I want to avoid? You’ll fall in love with Walter (even when you’re exasperated with him). In death there is beauty and pain, and Ms O’Keefe explores them both in this at Totally refreshing read from Molly O’Keefe that took me back to her beautiful, layered stories I first fell in love with. Told with humor and tenderness, this tale of a man reliving his life after his death is stirring and made me examine my own life. What day would I pick to relive? What moments do I treasure most? What days do I want to avoid? You’ll fall in love with Walter (even when you’re exasperated with him). In death there is beauty and pain, and Ms O’Keefe explores them both in this atypical subject but worthy of your time offering.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suz

    this was very sweet. very different from her other books. In order to get to the after life, the newly dead have to choose one day to live again. No do-overs, just live again. Walter, who has been beating himself up pretty much his whole life, especially since his wife passed away, gets to see snippets of his life again thru a different lens. With his trusty guide Peter whose on story is VERY heart wrenching. A lovely story with a lovely ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    One of the best books I've read this year!!!! So emotional and riveting. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down. I confess I honest-to-goodness ugly cried through parts of it. But rest assured it has a wonderfully satisfying ending. As a matter of fact it was a perfect ending to this awesome story. I received an ARC but this is my heartfelt and honest review. READ THIS BOOK!!! One of the best books I've read this year!!!! So emotional and riveting. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down. I confess I honest-to-goodness ugly cried through parts of it. But rest assured it has a wonderfully satisfying ending. As a matter of fact it was a perfect ending to this awesome story. I received an ARC but this is my heartfelt and honest review. READ THIS BOOK!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie Willenburg

    Original plot Interesting book with an intriguing plot. However, the ending was not as good as it should have been. Left me feeling disappointed that it was so abrupt, and not quite "there". Original plot Interesting book with an intriguing plot. However, the ending was not as good as it should have been. Left me feeling disappointed that it was so abrupt, and not quite "there".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan Hermanowski

    Sweet and Moving An original that leaves the reader with something to think and focus on. Life is not only as it appears to us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Walter died and his guardian angel took him through his life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kacy

    What an unexpected book! Really enjoyed this - all the feels.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    So many tears. This hit all my buttons.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Makya Trussell

    Beautifully written! One of my favorite novels in a long time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Flanagan

    Wow I really liked this book a lot. Walter dies and has one day to live again. He can’t decide. Made me think what would be my day. Totally a thought provoking book. Wasn’t expecting that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lehua Parker

    A quick escape It’s a gentle reminder of the good things in life and that heaven is truly what you make of it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    CK

    This incredible book will give you the shivers. It’s not your a typical romance novel - rather it’s an inspiring novel that will have you reassessing your life. That’s what Walt does in this book. But more than a book of self reflection, it’s a novel of forgiveness and observations. Observations of what has sometimes been lost in the moment. Ultimately, this book will pull at your heartstrings and will stay with you forever. I wish more authors would take a risk as molly has to write such an emo This incredible book will give you the shivers. It’s not your a typical romance novel - rather it’s an inspiring novel that will have you reassessing your life. That’s what Walt does in this book. But more than a book of self reflection, it’s a novel of forgiveness and observations. Observations of what has sometimes been lost in the moment. Ultimately, this book will pull at your heartstrings and will stay with you forever. I wish more authors would take a risk as molly has to write such an emotionally raw book. Kudos molly. This is one that’s going on my shelf as soon as it’s published!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak is a highly imaginative story. An in depth look at a life full of highs and lows, Walter visits numerous scenes from his life that show him at his worse and best. Initially, it looks like it's all been bad initially but even a man like Walter has redeeming qualities. It's an emotional journey for Walter and the reader is full of twists and turns and just when you form an opinion on the facts presented, new facts alter your thoughts. I shed more than one tear A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak is a highly imaginative story. An in depth look at a life full of highs and lows, Walter visits numerous scenes from his life that show him at his worse and best. Initially, it looks like it's all been bad initially but even a man like Walter has redeeming qualities. It's an emotional journey for Walter and the reader is full of twists and turns and just when you form an opinion on the facts presented, new facts alter your thoughts. I shed more than one tear for Walter and his family. Another enjoyable read from Molly O'Keefe.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jan Nierzwick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda Seeman

  30. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

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