Reviewed by Melanie Kline

On the last day of the millennium, Faith Bass Darling wakes up with a plan to have a garage sale. Five generations of heirlooms, all the memories she has accumulated throughout her life, every last piece of furniture, dishes, pictures, priceless Tiffany lamps, everything must go. Why? God told her to.

Strange as this may sound, it is even odder to the people who arrive at the garage sale and begin snatching things up as fast as they can and as much as they can carry. Faith has been a recluse for many years, after the bank that she owned foreclosed on her own home and she was forced to sell the bank in order to keep her home. Faith has known much hardship in her life despite being rich and lost her own faith in the world. One day she went into her house and never came out.

Faith’s estranged daughter just happens to choose this day to arrive at her mother’s home and is beyond shocked to find everything on the front lawn. All the precious objects she was never allowed to touch as a child are selling for “whatever you can afford.”

No one truly believes Faith when she tells them that this is her last day on earth and that God has spoken to her because she zones in and out of awareness with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale alternates between hysterically funny and extremely boring. She experiences flashes from the past which aid you in understanding not only the story, but also the worth of the possessions on the lawn. Unfortunately, the book also drags on and on with sale after sale and flashback after flashback until you begin to wonder if it will ever end. This was a great concept for a novel, but I feel that it needed much more work before going to print.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.