85th out of 101 books — 23 voters
The Restoration of Emily
Architect and single mother Emily Harada has structured a well-ordered existence around her work restoring historic houses and the parenting of her teenage son, Jesse. But her carefully laid foundation cracks when she develops a nagging ache in her shoulder, has her architectural integrity questioned, and feels shut out by Jesse's assertions of independence. What she doesn...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Dundurn
(first published January 1st 2006)
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I picked up The Restoration of Emily by Kim Moritsugu from the Staff Picks shelf at the library. As soon as I got going on it, I realized that I'd listened to it via a CBC Between the Covers podcast a year or so ago, but it's such a good story that I gobbled it up in a day. Emily is an architect in Toronto and a single mother of a teenage son, Jesse. Her specialty is restoring older homes. She's happy in her single, solitary life as a 50-something cranky businesswoman when circumstances bring ba...more
It finally dawned on me that I *can* add books I've listened to by audio, and that this isn't really "cheating". This novel got me hooked on CBC's Between the Covers (just another reason to love CBC radio). This book isn't going to redefine your existence, but something in the wry and sarcastic-and-honest voice of our protagonist, Emily, won me over. Though I'll probably never be a 50-ish architect single mom, I nonetheless sympathised with and felt eerily similar to this character. I already re...more
Feb 08, 2013 Melinda Worfolk rated it 4 of 5 stars
Like many other reviewers, I listened to this on CBC's Between the Covers. I really enjoyed it! It's a light story, well-written, with a likable main character and a good narrative voice. I downloaded the podcasts (sadly no longer available) and listened to them during the many hours of driving I was doing for my job at the time. They kept me engaged and made the drive interesting instead of tedious. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a humour-filled, intelligent, happy book.
Oct 07, 2012 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Architect and single mother Emily deals with motherhood and middle age. I really enjoyed this book, mainly because Emily had a wicked sense of humour. She spoke her mind and some of the things she said to people were priceless. Her anti-social tendencies also appealed to me, I guess. I’d definitely try other novels by this author. She’s Canadian, too.
Fun to read a book set in Toronto. Otherwise, I wouldn't have read it. As someone who is usually welcoming to the passing of the years, it made me dread reaching my mid 40s. And teenagers sound like a serious disaster to parent!