Jul 18, 2011

Elderly habit

I think I am now officially a Stewart O'Nan fan.  Emily, Alone is a novel about an elderly widow.  Her children live far away, and her only regular company is her sister-in-law and the weekly cleaning lady.  The story is told in brief chapters that confront her loneliness, her preparations for her death, and her surprising strength.  It's a lovely read. One of the things I particularly enjoyed was that it takes place in Pittsburgh - a city I've spent a good amount of time in.  The city's features get a lot of mentions throughout the book.

I think that novels about the elderly are becoming a habit for me.  As long as they are half as good as this one, I won't complain. 8.5/10.

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