I am not a good person to answer this, because I am legally blind and can no longer reader hard copy books. The only way I read is through audio books. And after 15 years of this, I can tell you that the narrator can take a fabulous book and ruin it. By the same toke, a narrator can elevate a well-written tome to the heavens. This is one of those books, a gorgeously written novel with a brilliant narrator!
If you loved MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND, you wifll love this book. If you are near retirement age, you will probably also find much in this book that resonates with you. I am at the point in my life where I'm trying to figure out what the last quarter of my years will look like...all aspects of it, from love to family to spirituality and personal goals. Harold, a recent retiree with a marriage that has stagnated (or possibly incineratred by subtle anger) sets out one day to take a letter to the nearest mail box. This simple errand turns into a walk across the country, in which Harold reflects on past mistakes and tries to figure out how to give his life meaning.
Left behind is Harold's wife. Though she's not walking, she ends up on a quest of her own, in which she discovers life-altering truths about herself and her long marriage.
This book brings to mind another "road" book I loved, THE MEMORY OF RUNNING, by Ron McLarty. It is sad, funny, thoughtful and thought-provoking. A very quiet story, this none-the-less provides powerful commentary on the human condition.
I was very moved by the relationship between Harold and his wife, how sadly separate they are at the beginning of the book, and how they gently realize their parts in that situation...and struggle to find one another again. I really appreciated the fact that these are very real, older people, with older people problems. I really loved this book.
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