What Will I Wear to Your Funeral?

Non-Fiction - Memoir
326 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2017
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Author Biography

Kellie Curtain is a former Australian news reporter but an unlikely author. She has a degree in nothing and a short attention span. Throw four children into the mix and she's time poor too.
What will I wear to your funeral? is the book Kellie didn't realise was inside her until she and her family relocated to the Middle East. Her mother's death a year earlier had changed everything. The crushing loneliness was no surprise but what she hadn't expected was to find immense comfort in a record of open and honest conversations she had with her mother in the days before she died. After a lifetime of love the Curtain family were given the gift of goodbye. Starting to write is one thing finishing it is another and Kellie doubted she would, telling no one until it was finished.
Six years on Kellie and her family moved back to Melbourne Australia in July 2017. Happiness is found in family, her tribe of women in the East and West, good coffee and red wine.
Recently she launched a website aimed at Congregating, Elevating and Celebrating the Sistergood because behind every woman, is another one. It's a platform for sharing the stories behind interesting women and recognising those who influenced their path.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

What Will I Wear to Your Funeral? by Kellie Curtain is a beautiful and heart rending memoir that speaks about the author’s most difficult moments in life, her bonding with her mother, and her last journey together. Readers will experience a gamut of emotions, raw grief, humor, and family strength as they go through this memoir and, just like her mother’s lipstick colors added magic to her life, Kellie’s words add magic and bring the color back into the lives of readers who have been or who are going through similar situations. This story about her mother being diagnosed with cancer and being taken away too early will resonate with many readers. It is a story of courage, grief, love, and family support, and the author captures the beautiful emotions of family bonding, kindness, and the importance of relationships through this memoir.

I like the author’s voice as she seamlessly knits in many emotions and the complexities revolving around life and death in an engaging way. The author’s pain is tangible and real and many readers will be able to connect with her emotions and picture themselves in her shoes, going through the same pain, sadness, and grief. The book is memorable and Kellie’s detailed narration about her mother, the family, and their bonding will stay with readers for a long time. The book is a beautiful tribute to a mother and the mention of bright lipstick will make readers head out to buy a new lipstick.