‘The Two Lives of Lydia Bird’ follows Lydia, a community events planner who is madly in love with her high school sweet heart and fiancé, Freddie. On her 28th birthday, tragedy strikes and Freddie is killed in a car crash, while their long-time mutual friend, Jonah, emerges from the vehicle relatively unscathed. Lydia’s doctor prescribes sleeping pills, as Lydia has difficulty sleeping in her mourning. The book then oscillates between ‘Awake’ chapters, Lydia’s reality without Freddie, and ‘Asleep’ chapters, Lydia’s dreamscape where the car accident never occurred and her life follows a different trajectory with its own qualms. This was a more emotional read, grappling with heavy topics of coping with grief, death, miscarriage, depression, and complicated love. While this book dragged a bit for me, I enjoyed the concept of the plot and thought that Silver’s portrayal of Lydia’s grief and coping was genuine. If you are looking for a more emotional read that searches for the light while grappling with death of a loved one, check out his book!