Saturday, January 10, 2015

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Book Summary(via Goodreads):

I've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back.

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, takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, 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, but differently - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This novel will be published on January 20, 2015.***

This insomniac's opinion:

I finished this beautiful novel yesterday and have my first book hangover of the year. You know the ole book hangover, right? When you turn the last page of a divine novel and cannot bear to begin the next because you are still stuck inside the pages with the characters and cannot bear to part with them? I fell in love with each and every main character of this novel. 

This novel exquisitely pairs deep sadness and profound tenderness so carefully twisted together like a candy cane, so that one can not be separated from the other. It takes you on the highs and lows of life but leaves enough mystery so that the reader can come to his/her own deductions on some aspects of the characters lives. 

Simply perfect. 

I cannot wait for more from this author. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Hell yes!


5 stars. 5 blissfully truthful and emotional stars tucked forever in my heart. 

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