Elizabeth Henderson, known as Bliss, doesn’t have long to live, and in How Bright Are All Things Here we live out her last days with her and her family. Bliss looks back over her life and her relationships with a critical eye, sharing her faults, successes, and unrealised dreams.
The reader also sees Bliss’s life from the point of view of friends and relatives, which doesn’t always match up with Bliss’s interpretation. There are surprise revelations along the way which are also seen from different viewpoints and cause different reactions when exposed.
One might expect this book to be sombre and depressing, but on the contrary Susan Green writes in a way that could be deemed to be uplifting, and there is poignancy, there is also a deal of humour and acceptance of approaching death after a life well lived.