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The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
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Apr 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

I received a complimentary copy of this book via Goodreads, and finished it two days after I got it. Really interesting tale of Betta Nolan, who upon the death of her husband takes off on the adventure they had always intended to do together.
Throughout the book you learn that her relationship with John was so incredibly insular that she lost touch with all of those who might have made a safety net around her. In this way, the book serves as a warning to those who do not push beyond the boundaries of couple-dom, to have a life apart as well as together.
She takes off several days after the funeral, selling their Boston brownstone for a fortune, and just drives until she finds a place she likes, which happens to be a small town in Illinois. There she immediately buys a house, and starts to create a new life - first by connecting with her distant past. She finds her college roommates, and they reunite, helping her grieve. As does her new relationships with the neighbor boy, a twenty-something who is unlucky in love and becomes her handyman, and her real-estate agent Delores, who becomes a real friend.
Its a touching book, but not overly saccharine. The ending sums up a little trite, but with this type of "moving on" story, that often seems to be the case.
Quick read, very short, I'd recommend it to others for sure.

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