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Etta and Otto and Russell and James Audiobook

Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A gorgeous literary debut about an elderly woman's last great adventure walking across Canada. A beautiful novel of pilgrimage, of fulfilling lifelong promises, of a talking coyote called James, of unlikely heroes and hundreds of papier-mâché animals...

Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Canada eastward to the coast.

Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. "I will try to remember to come back," Etta writes to him. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay.

Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russell insists on finding Etta, wherever she's gone. Leaving his own farm will be the first act of defiance in his life.

As Etta walks further toward the ocean, accompanied by a coyote named James, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.

Rocking back and forth with the pull of the waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty burnt past of hunger, war, passion, and hope; from trying to remember to trying to forget; and inspires each of its characters to visit the sites they've longed to see and say the things they've longed to say. This is dazzling literary fiction about the rediscovery and care of the soul, and the idea it's never too late for a great adventure.

©2015 Emma Hooper, Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon and Schuster

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    "An odd little story"

    A strange little story. I almost gave up on it several times, but the characters kept pulling me back. My favorite " character " ? James the (maybe) coyote. Loved the voice the narrator used for James. Not a mainstream book, but one for readers who like something a bit different..

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    I loved the characters and the magical realism. Like a great scene from "Prairie Home Companion" plus flax flowers . Depth in simplicity. I'm left speechless at the ending.

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    What a tender and calming story to look forward to each night. A beautifully and imaginatively written story that shared emotions of the characters through such creative ways.

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    TheMomOne 07-23-15
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    Outstanding read! I love the ambiguity of love and permission the author gives to love whom you may unapologetically

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    Great story and narration. I really enjoyed listening. I'm not sure why I have to have 20 words to say I liked it.

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    As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.

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    "The narrator was the best part of this listen"

    This book was so boring! It seemed to me that the author read "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and decided to write one with a female protagonist. It just didn't work for me. The story was mundane and the characters uninteresting - they were just so good. If you've ever read a book written for the Amish, it's kind of like that. There's stuff going on, but everyone is just so peachy clean with feeding the chickens and walking to church, that it just doesn't ring true. I felt like it was telling the story from the viewpoint of a child who just never realized that his parents are real human beings with complicated emotions and moral struggles. If you're into that James Herriot kind of story and wouldn't mind a little magical realism mixed in, you might like it.

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    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 08-19-15
    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 08-19-15 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.

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    The idea for the book was good, but it just didn't come quite fulfil it's promise. Parts of it were good, but parts were confusing. I wouldn't waste my time on it again.

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    Written and read like a book for little children. Very boring, childish, and shallow. Just not what I expected or wanted. Juxtapose this to The 100-Year-Old-Man... or Fredrik Backman's books that have a similar tone but do this style brilliantly.

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    "Life fast forward- such a moving story"

    The author covered 70 years beautifully- great life stories of the characters.pits one's life in perspective

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    I read it twice. Loved the story Loved James. Etta is amazing and Otto loves her enough to understand her journey.

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