Jul 18, 2011
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.