Eudora Honeysett is 85-years-old, alone, irritable, tired, and ready for her life to end. Enter Rose Trewidney, the lovable 10-year-old next door who won’t take “no” for an answer. Add Stanley Meacham, the lonely widower down the street, and they are three friends suddenly enjoying life. The chapters include stories from Eudora’s past that explain why she is so guarded with her emotions. Much like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Three Things About Elsie, this book stresses the importance of human contact and joy in life. Have tissues handy.— Laura B.
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“One adorably British odd couple . . . Charming.” —People
Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.
It’s never too late to start living.
Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.
Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.
While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.
But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?
After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published numerous books in the U.K. and The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett in the U.S. When not working on her novels, she teaches creative writing. She lives in south-east London with her husband and two children.
"One adorably British odd couple . . . Charming." — People
“The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is an exquisitely poignant tale of life, friendship and facing death. In the latter, the author dares to explore a subject that many shy away from, but she does so with touching sensitivity, gentle humour and absolute honesty. Eudora’s courage, dignity and wry sense of fun are beautifully drawn as she takes the reader on the heart-breaking yet ultimately uplifting journey of her life and death. Everyone should read this book.” — Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova
"Lyons’ characters are unique and wonderful, portrayed with a depth that allows readers to understand their motivations and empathize with them. . . . And yet the trio's unlikely camaraderie has the power to rejuvenate them all, showing that good friendship makes life worth living. A sensitive examination of human connections that can both damage and heal." — Kirkus Reviews
"Witty, endearing . . . Lyons strikes a winning balance, reaching deep feelings while avoiding the traps of sentimentality." — Publishers Weekly
"Lyons’ touching tale of intergenerational friendship is reminiscent of Frederik Backman’s A Man Called Ove . . . this is a thoroughly enchanting feel-good read." — Booklist
"The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is filled with personable characters, witty dialogue and relatable moments. It’s a vibrant and humorous celebration of being alive and learning to say goodbye." — Bookpage
“A charming, thought-provoking story about the healing powers of friendship and love.” — Shelf Awareness