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Kathleen

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  • Emily, Alone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    A sequel to the best-selling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change.

    John S. says: "Examination of a mundane existence"
    "Emily is an admirable woman"
    Overall

    This story about a time in the life of an eighty year old woman is so real that one wonders how a young man could have written it. The cares and concerns of this demographic are right on target - carrying on after the death of the husband, worrying about the ability to drive his big boat of a car, needing yet chafing under the somewhat clawing friendship of a female contemporary, coming to grips with her flawed children who will never be all she had hoped and recognizing the deterioration of her formerly capable body. This was a moving and enjoyable book. I know lots of women like Emily, women who continue to be productive well into their nineties and beyond. They are my heros and Emily is right up there among them.

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