Finished audio 6-10-10, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2009
Unabridged audio read by the author
Helen is a 50 something widowed author who is still trying to find her way a year after her husband’s death. She cannot do the most basic things around the house relying instead on her 27-year-old daughter Tessa and she has not been able to write at all. When she finds out the nest egg she thought would support her financially is gone, having been taken out of the bank by her husband before his death, she has no idea what to think. She takes a job teaching a writing workshop and the eccentric students force her writer’s instincts to kick in. When the truth comes out about where the $850,000 went a fork in the road presents itself and Helen is forced to evaluate her life and what she wants to do with it.
Elizabeth Berg always writes books I can relate to even though I am not in the same age range or situation as the main character. There is such truth and beauty in her writing that I am immediately drawn in, as I was here. And the fact that she read it herself was wonderful. My favorite part of the book revolved around Helen receiving a not-so-flattering letter from a reader and how it affected her. It felt like Berg may have been telling her own story.
I did feel it was similar in some ways to another of her books, The Year of Pleasures, and I actually think I prefer The Year of Pleasures. Helen did get on my nerves at times. What woman, no matter how reliant she is on her husband, calls the police when she has a leak?
So, it was good, not my favorite, but a solid read, or in my case, listen to.
I borrowed this audiobook from the library.