Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Emily, Alone"

my take: I loved this book. I've been experiencing a lot of loss lately, so the story of an elderly lady living alone might not have been the best choice given my somewhat down mood, but Emily was just what I needed...

Emily's alone in the house where she lived with her husband & children ... now a widow with 2 issue-ridden grown children and a handful of grandchildren. I was taken with how Emily is able to navigate past, present, and future with grace, humility, humor, and reasonable reactions to her own regrets.

The mood is not too depressing - Emily's pluck and opinions make her a survivor and her story charming.

I was very surprised this excellent story told from Emily's perspective is written by a man, and I am definitely interested in reading other works by Stewart O'nan. (Daughter Anne tells me this is a sequel to Wish You Were Here which will go on my to-read list.)

my source: daughter Anne

my verdict: very good. read this!

2 comments:

  1. While talking with my hubby about this he said "it's time you flew home to see your mom.". Flight is booked, my sis from NY is joining me for a long weekend in early December. I found the book charming and depressing, that's an unusual combo. I desire to be a better daughter.

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  2. hmmm, i wrote the date as the canadian i am:)

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