So happy to have discovered this refreshing new novel about being alive.
Eudora Honeysett is a sharp-minded 85 year- old woman whose body is failing. A paragraph on the flap of the novel says it perfectly: Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world–all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and sufferings of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion…
Eudora lives alone with her bad- tempered cat Montgomery. She had originally brought him home in a moment of weakness, thinking he would be good company in her twilight years. Sadly, Montgomery has morphed into the equivalent of a long-endured husband-cantankerous, offhand, and only interested in being fed. But she’s not lonely. She enjoys her life but is ready to move on..
Along comes ten-year-old Rose; colorful and spirited, and turns Eudora’s staid little life upside down. I immediately fell in love with Rose. Her bright and sparkly personality will quickly win your heart. Eudora is Rose’s only friend as she has just moved next door with her mom and dad. And then Rose brings Stanley into the friendship. So there were two. Stanley is a recently widowed older gentleman who is as charming as can be.
If you loved A MAN CALLED OVE and ELEANOR OLIPHANT then you are going to love EUDORA. There’s something endearing and refreshingly honest about British novels.
I thought I knew exactly where the novel was going. Then it turned the corner and surprised me over and over again. This novel could have been depressing but instead I found it to be very uplifting and filled with witty dialogue and highly satisfying characters that will live in my mind forever.
I borrowed a copy of THE BRILLIANT LIFE OF EUDORA HONEYSETT by Annie Lyons from my library. It was one of those runaway stories that just runs away with your afternoon. How wonderful. Harper Collins is the publisher. Great job. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.