That’s the question that Luke must answer, in this wonderful short novel.
Six months after his brother’s death, Luke’s mother decides to burn all Marius’ possessions. Hoping the ceremony will bring some closure to her life. Luke is torn by this, he can see the point of such a ceremony, but the idea of wiping out his brothers life leaves him uncomfortable.
He’s allowed to go though Marius bedroom to keep anything he wants to, one of those things is Marius’ diary.
Initially, Luke refuses to read what his brother has written, choosing to continue writing in it himself. It’s not before long though that he’s tempted to read his brother’s words.
A dialogue begins between the two that traces the distance the grew between them at puberty and though the conversation, where Luke is able to say all the things he should have said to Marius when he was alive, particularly in regards to their sexuality (both are gay, but Luke found his sexuality harder to deal with than Marius). Slowly Luke is brought closer to his brother, the resulting bond, even closer than they were when he was alive.
A short but touching read. A wonderful find this one.