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The Big Finish Library Binding – Large Print, 27 May 2020
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (27 May 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1432878670
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432878672
- Dimensions : 14.48 x 2.29 x 21.84 cm
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I still enjoyed it.
I found that getting inside the head of an 88-year-old was strangely freeing, and his world at Centennial, the assisted living place he calls home, wasn't as claustrophobic as I'd always imagined it to be. I also learned that one of my big life fears--that I will end up in a stage in life where I have nothing left to do other than wait for the end--is absolutely not inevitable. Duffy, our hero, and yes, he's a hero, has a purpose that drives him, even though his body doesn't work the way it used to, and his choices are limited by circumstance.
One of things I loved about this book was the dialogue. Some of it's funny, and some of it's heartbreaking, and all of it is well written. The characters are excellently drawn, and I think other than Duffy, who you just have to love, it's Josie, the young woman who crawls through the bedroom window, who's my real favorite. She's believable and likeable, but more importantly she's the perfect instrument to put Duffy under pressure, and he needs that to spur him into both external action and internal growth.
I'll put it this way: I totally want to spend Christmas eve at Centennial with Duffy and Carl and all these lovely people, playing bingo and eating pudding,and I kinda didn't expect to have that reaction. I recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written character-driven stories, but especially to anyone who might be dealing with loved ones who are going through those inevitable changes that will one day come to all of us.
What the book was actually about - Old recovered alcoholic meets young newly acquired alcoholic. The older one feels the need to help the younger one.
Although I really would've liked my first scenario, this one ended up working for me. I wasn't sure at first and kept grumbling that this was not what I was looking for but I stayed with it and was happy that I did. The characters were superb and found myself wanting to hang out with everyone.
The main character, an 88 year old recovering alcoholic, is completely relatable and hilarious in his crusty grumbles about being frail and dependent. And old. All the characters were fleshed out and vivid. The ending, all though I saw it coming, was still warm and touching and memorable.
I hope this author writes more feel good novels like this!
Duffy is content in the Centennial Assisted Living Home, but when Josie, a young woman with a ton of baggage, slips in his window in the middle of the night, he learns that there are more important things in life, even the end of life, than being content.
This book was snappy and charming, both humorous and poignant.
The genius of Fossey is that readers of all ages will find themselves not only enjoying Duffy, but relating to him, as well.