Set in Philadelphia in 1918 at the beginning of the Great War, this is the story of the Bright family; Thomas, Pauline, Evelyn, Maggie and Willa have recently buried their baby son and brother Henry. The Brights move to Philadelphia where Thomas is to become an apprentice (and heir) to his uncle Fred's undertaker and funeral home business. Their dream of a better life is interrupted by the Spanish Flu epidemic that claims too many lives to count.
The author chose the four female members of the Bright family as alternating narrators and each revealed a distinct personality. I felt most connected to Evelyn as I felt her to be the strongest member of the family.
This is a beautifully written story of a little known epidemic in United States history. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Thank you to BookishFirst and Berkley Publishing for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.