The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett, a review by Di

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Annie Lyons

William Morrow
September 8, 2020
372 pages

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Obviously, this book is about Eudora. She is an 85-year-old lady who is tired of living. She is has led a difficult life, she is ageing, she does not feel well, she has no friends. She hopes to end life on her terms.

Enter Rose, an 11-year-old neighbour, who moves in next door to Eudora. She is the polar opposite of Eudora. She is a bright and friendly child, a passion for brightly coloured clothes, full of life. She quickly declares Eudora as her new best friend, much to Eudora’s reluctance.

Enter Stanley, a recent widower who misses his recently deceased wife a lot. Stanley assigns himself to watch out for Eudora.

Eudora does not want a new best friend. Eudora does not want anyone to watch out for her.

Among many themes, this is a story of friendship. It crosses generations. It is an emotional and poignant story. Funny at times, also sad. It is very emotional.

The characters shine in this story. Annie Lyons draws us into the lives of her characters quickly. I liked the fact that she gives us Eudora’s backstory. Most of the chapters have a section going back in time. We learn about the life events that bring Eudora to where we meet her.

There is much more that could be said about this book but it would involve spoilers. It is a book that has made me reflect. It has made me smile. And, I admit that I also shed a tear or two.

This is the first book that I have read by Annie Lyons. I will soon be looking for another one.

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