Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove

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Talking to the Dead

In her first novel, author Bonnie Grove offers readers a tender, quirky story about grief—and second chances

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—“Kevin was dead and the people in my house wouldn’t go home.  They mingled after the funeral, eating sandwiches, drinking tea, and speaking in muffled tones.  I didn’t feel grateful for their presence.  I felt exactly nothing,” writes Bonnie Grove in Talking to the Dead (David C Cook, June 2009).  “Funerals exist so we can close doors we’d rather leave open.  But where did we get the idea that the best approach to facing death is to eat Bundt cake?”

In her first novel, beloved author Bonnie Grove pens a poignantly realistic and uplifting story of hope, grace, and recovery from grief.  Grove’s main character, twenty-something Kate Davis, can’t seem to get the grieving widow thing right.  She’s supposed to put on a brave face and get on with her life, right?  Instead, she’s camped out on her living room floor, unwashed, unkempt, and unable to sleep—because her husband Kevin keeps talking to her.

Is she losing her mind?  Kate’s attempts to find the source of the voice she hears are both humorous and humiliating, as she turns first to an “eclectically spiritual” counselor, then a shrink with a bad toupee, an exorcist, and finally group therapy.  There she meets Jack, the warmhearted, unconventional pastor of a ramshackle church, and at last the voice subsides.  But when she stumbles upon a secret Kevin was keeping, Kate’s fragile hold on the present threatens to implode under the weight of the past…and Kevin begins to shout.  Will the voice ever stop? 

In this tender, quirky novel about embracing life, Grove patiently walks readers through the depths and mysteries of extreme sorrow after the death of a loved one.  As she takes an unflinching look at the mental health industry, Grove’s training in counseling and psychology brings realism and empathy to grief and mental breakdown.  While Kate must confront her own loss to find the grace to go on, readers will be led to the God who is always willing and able to comfort hearts in pain. 


Author Bio

Bonnie Grove started writing when her parents bought a typewriter, and she hasn’t stopped since.  Trained in Christian counseling (Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener, ON) and secular psychology (University of Alberta), she developed and wrote social programs for families at risk while landing articles and stories in anthologies.  She is the author of Working Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You and Talking to the Dead, her first novel.  Grove and her pastor husband, Steve, have two children; they live in Saskatchewan.


Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What personal experiences led you to write Talking to the Dead?
  2. What was your primary purpose in writing this book?
  3. The emotions expressed in Talking to the Dead are so real.  How did your training in counseling and psychology assist you in creating this realism?
  4. Tell us about Kate and the journey through grief she must take in Talking to the Dead.
  5. From where does Kate seek to find relief from the voice of her dead husband?
  6. What are some of the feelings experienced by those who have lost a loved one that just can’t be imagined by those who haven’t “been there”?  How does Kate work through them?
  7. Do you have plans for another novel?  What can we expect?


Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove

David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434766-41-0/368 pages/softcover/$14.99


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