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January 19, 2014

'Death Class' is surprisingly uplifting


Above all, she encouraged her students (old and new) to call her anytime and she came flying when they needed her. She was there for them – and vice versa, when tragedy struck too close to home.

Though it has a title that might make you think it would be dark, depressing or even a little bit maudlin, “The Death Class” is really anything but.

That journalism background is apparent in Hayasaki’s writing, which is excellent: Hayasaki has a reporter’s way of winnowing out the facts, the interesting stuff, small details and tiny secrets that make us want to know more. She immerses us so well into the story of the class, students and professor that it’s almost easy to forget we’re reading. We become part of what’s happening, complete with triumphs, gasps and life-affirming inspiration.

This book is fascinating, a true pleasure to read. If you want something that puts life’s purpose into perspective, this is it.

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