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Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water.

Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories. Their neighbour Russell remembers too - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

©2015 Emma Hooper (P)2015 W .F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"[I]ncredibly moving, beautifully written and luminous with wisdom. It is a book that restores one's faith in life even as it deepens its mystery. Wonderful!" (Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand)
"An irresistibly enchanting debut novel" (BOOKLIST)

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-17-15

Etta and Otto

A really touching story that tells the story of Etta and Otto's life, mingled with the confusion of Etta's early stages of dementia. I really enjoyed the imagery Emma Hooper creates throughout the book. Be patient, it's not a confusing read. It's calm and sympathetic, and a a beautiful story of people sharing a life time of love.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Emma
  • 02-12-15

Gently paced, finely crafted.

I loved the tone of the narrator, perfectly suited to the book which gathered me in and had me entranced... I listened to the whole book in one sitting. Not great if you like a neat finish to a book, as the narrative to this leaves you wondering what happened after... A great pace, a sense of human scale lives, with interwoven narratives as the characters navigate larger tragedies, set against a wild and expansive backdrop of Canadian countryside.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • amber halliday
  • 03-21-15

Good but what happens?

It feels like the author has run out of time or just couldn't be bothered to end this properly, one character moves in and out for no real reason with no explanation at the end, really enjoyed it until the ending which is quite frankly disappointing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss S Barnes
  • 03-08-15

Struggled to finish...

I struggled to wade through this... Putting it on double time to try to get to the point. Characters didn't do anything for me and I preferred the plot set in the past rather than present day.

Many more books worth reading instead... Sorry, just didn't work for me at all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann in Durham
  • 10-25-15

Struggled with This

Found it tedious and uninteresting. Sent me to sleep on dozens of occasions when trying to get through it

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  • mrs
  • 09-09-15

calm, weaving, real

from start to finish this book washes over you, lulling you and drawing you into memories and thoughts and events. charming.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 09-16-15

Wee gem

Otto and Etta have been married for 50 yrs and Etta decides it's time to see the ocean. Off she trots by foot, leaving Otto alone with recipe cards to conquer. Russell is their best friend, obliged to try and find her and James the mysterious coyote as her own "littlest hobo". Very sweet, endearing tale, with heartbreaking passages on war.

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