This Goodbye Days Playlist Might Make You Cry

Author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days Jeff Zentner is not only an acclaimed writer, but also a musician.

Music has influenced his writing in many ways.

I was very big into atmosphere as a musician, and that has carried over into my writing, where I think a lot about mood and atmosphere. Also, when I was writing songs, I used to think very carefully about word choice and musicality. And I still try to write sentences that have a musical lilt and movement about them.

- Jeff Zentner

This playlist for Goodbye Days will definitely connect you to the book on a whole new level. Happy listening!

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

By Jeff Zentner

Where are you guys? Text me back. That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

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