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.
It's never too late to start living.
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.
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 color and 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?