While there are many ways of dying and no one way to approach this inevitable transition in life, author Roddy Doyle brings a comforting spirit to the tale of twelve year old Mary and the pending death of her grandmother. With loving humor and pitch-perfect dialog, the story of four generations of women in an Irish family includes the ghost of Mary's great grandmother who returns to lend reassuring assistance to the impending death of the daughter she barely knew. A celebration of women in a family and the bonds created between them over time and shared through stories, each woman has a strength of character that speaks to their generation and experience. A generous ghost story. Recommended.