It is difficult to imagine how a male author could capture the persona of a woman near her ninith year.
A widow, Emily faces the end days with practical courage. O'Nan paints her world with a balanced brush. You see her come to understand how her sometimes strained relationships with her children are not that much different than hers with her mother. Emily's health is remarkable; she has a comfortable living allowing her to keep the self reliance that has supported her since the death of her beloved husband. No whine and moan for Emily, she soldiers on determined to make the best of each day. The narrator is perfect for the part. This is not a book for someone looking for adventure or drama. However, if like me, you are a woman of a certain age looking for a gentle read about someone you might just know, this is the book for you. I found it a book with a lot of food for thought about my own life.
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