(W) Suzy Hopkins
(A/CA) Hallie Bateman
One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: Someday, her mother would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary - how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss, advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent. The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom's death. The project became a way for mother and daughter to discuss everyday realities with humor, openness, and gratitude. Combining Suzy's witty and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom.