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Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton
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May 07, 2010

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What a great book. A lighthearted, easy going and insightful story of nephew devoted to his aging aunt.

Aunt Lil has taken a spill and is recovering in the local rest home. Her nephew, Carl, is respectful of his elders and always there to lend a hand. He takes Aunt Lil out to lunch with her friends, helps with financial details, and sometimes attempts to talk about tough topics like Aunt Lil giving up her driver's license.

Carl, meanwhile, hasn't started his life in some ways. He's just now thinking about marriage and stutters his way into a romance with the psychologist at the rest home. He's also always wanted to write and play music, and he comes across an opportunity to do so with a lively member of the retirement home.

Aunt Lil is not ready to die, but she is examining and reconsidering her life. She debates whether to tell some of her secrets to Carl and what aspects of her life she should draw to a close. Though succumbing to the harsh effects of aging, Lil is a determined, engaging character.

The largest draw of the book for me was its humor and the characterization of the elderly. I'm off to find another Edgerton book.

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