Jul 20, 09
Read in July, 2009
This was my first Elizabeth Berg novel to read and I am happy to report that it won't be the last! Her prose is simple, concise yet very descriptive as it accurately details the subtle nuances of everyday life. Her writing conjures up feelings and emotions that we all work hard to repress. We may not always be able to relate to the situations that her characters have experienced, but we very quickly come to care for them and we find ourselves submerged into their respective viewpoints as they deal with life's curves. I own a non-medical home care company, so I could relate to her characterizations of the nurses and nurses aides that attended to Lainey's husband, Jay, however I was pleased to see that she revealed layers to their character that were not readily apparent when Lainey first encountered each of them.
The author comes across as being a very keen observer of life, which translates into the spot-on scenes that her book depicts. It would be interesting to sit down with her and have a conversation with her just to find out how much of this book was based on her actual experiences. Although the book gave us the happy ending that we were seeking, it still left us with much to think about and to be thankful for as we realize just how much we take for granted in our own mundane, everyday lives.