The Last Laugh

Tracy Bloom


When Jenny is diagnosed with terminal cancer on the same day she discovers her husband is having an affair, she decides to keep both to herself. Distanced from her friends, and daughter to parents with either dementia or a preference for her brother, Jenny has no one to turn to.


“I’m dying,” Jenny desperately says to 76-year-old Maureen later at work in the Shady Grove Care Home. “Aren’t we all dear,” she replies without raising her eyes from the Take-a-Break crossword. But she listens as Jenny finally lets it all out: the unfaithful husband, two teenage kids with issues, her mothers constant condescension, friends she doesn’t care for and a career that somehow spiraled. And now this – a death sentence.


Refusing any treatment that will make revealing her diagnosis unavoidable she does what she can to transform herself back into her twenty-five year old self with a make-over and even digs out her old clothes. She throws herself into organizing an alternative wake, a party just like her twenty-fifth, so that she can celebrate her own life, though only her and Maureen know the truth.


This is how she wanted live whilst she is dying. But will her longing for her past life give something away to her husband? And how long can she go on without telling anyone the truth?


Women's Fiction

UK Publication

Bookouture, March 2018

US Publication

Bookouture, March 20188

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World English: Bookouture
Audio: W F Howes
Italian: Newton Compton
Norwegian: Bladkompaniet