The Leave-Taking

Bradbury, Ray

Primary Category: Literature / Fiction

Genre: Short Story

Annotated by:
Kohn, Martin
  • Date of entry: May-08-2002


Grandma's life was fully spent. Sensing her time was ending, she climbed up three flights of stairs, took to her bed, and began to die. The other inhabitants of the great house, her children and grandchildren, cried out for her. How could her great vibrancy end? What would become of them--of the house--without her? Grandma reassures those surrounding her that "no person ever died that had a family . . . other parts of me called Uncle Bert and Leo and Tom and Douglas, and all the other names, will have to take over, each to his own" (427-428).


This is a sweet and poignant story that complements well the many stories of dying that are fraught with confusion and pain.


Also published as "Goodbye, Grandma"

Primary Source

The Stories of Ray Bradbury


Alfred A. Knopf

Place Published

New York



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