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Carolyn

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  • Emily, Alone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    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"
    "I've Met Her"
    Overall

    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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