It’s hard to say why I opened this book immediately upon receiving it in the mail, but I did, and I read it from start to finish in one sitting. I don’t often do that, but it’s a rare gem of art that doesn’t get published very often, and we highly recommend you check it out.
Written and illustrated by Danny Gregory, an artist who has been making daily illustrations for years, “A Kiss Before You Go” is the gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, artistically catalogued record of the year after Danny’s beloved wife of decades dies in an unexpected, horrific accident.
Carefully curated — there aren’t any sappy, cliche nugget of truth in here — this book wasn’t put together to teach you a lesson or even leave you with anything. It’s just an honest portrayal of the overwhelming grief one experiences when they lose the love of their life, illustrated. If you have love in your life, it will leave you sobbing, terrified in the knowledge that your time with your loved one is severely limited. If you don’t have love in your life, it you will sob for what you don’t have yet or what you have lost.
From the publisher Chronicle Books: “After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate volume reproduces these journal pages in a stirring visual memoir of Gregory’s journey towards recovery. Uniquely sincere, and by turns tender, raw, and hopeful, Gregory’s idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his ‘year of magical drawing.'” More on Chronicle Books.