- ‘The old, as they might remember from their own youth, are like a separate species: more or less useless, even repellent, and certainly irrelevant. It may even be, Ruth supposes, that they are all those things, and that’s just one way the world propels itself onward, and the best trick the old can perform involves acquiesing to the harsh rule of becoming unseen’. —pg. 81
The elderly have such a beautiful story to tell as this book shows us. Sylvia, Greta, Ruth and George tell us in their own way about the lives they’ve lived, the mistakes they’ve made, the hopes and dreams that kept them going and ultimately the losses they’ve suffered. It shows us at any age we can make special and life friendships that are loyal and amazing. In this novel, the author gives a voice and a story to the old-those who are often forgotten in our society today in a beautifully written way.
Just because people get old and we all will, that does not mean life is over-unless you want it that way. Moving into a retirement home does not mean life is over, you can still meet new people and learn new things. I think this novel is an inspiration to someone like me, who at 42, is eventually heading in that direction. It shows me that you need to live your and live it as fully as you can-enjoy every minute because as this quote shows…
- ‘But some other things are sharp and true: that life comes and goes in a minute of time.’ —pg 316
…You have to grab onto life, take advantage of all it has to offer. Make friends and do new things.
This novel was released in hardcover by Random House on August 12, 2008. You can read more about it and purchase it here.