I found 100 Days of Happiness while browsing the new Indigo in my neighbourhood, and the summary intrigued me. What would you do if you only had 100 days left to live?
Womanizing, imperfect but loveable Lucio Battistini has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping in the stock room of his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn’t felt in years. – Goodreads
This book is a low key, but well written journey of Lucio’s final 100 days. It is written from his own perspective – a bit like a journal – with each chapter describing a single day. Why 100 days? His doctor explains that after that point, he would experience a rapid decline in his health. Lucio, determined to leave this world on his own terms, then decides that after 100 days he would end his life via doctor-assisted suicide.
Lucio wants to make his last days count, but experiences lows and set backs that are both realistic and relatable. There are days where he makes new friends and has heartfelt conversations, and days that are spent on the couch – too depressed to do anything at all. As mentioned in the Goodreads summary, Lucio has lofty goals – a proper goodbye with his boyhood friends, build memories with his children and set up plans for their future, and get his wife to forgive him (or at the very least, not hate him). You’ll have to read the book to find out if he succeeds.
For such a heavy subject, this book is surprisingly a pretty light-hearted read. Brizzi gives Lucio an odd sense of humour, and you’ll find yourself shaking your head at some of the situations he and his friends end up in. Give it a spin – you won’t regret it.