Story about all kinds of love a good read

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Let­ters to Iris By El­iz­a­beth No­ble Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $37

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No­ble has al­ready come up with a cou­ple of best­sellers in The Read­ing Group, and

Things I Want My Daugh­ters to Know, so this was bound to be good.

It’s a story about all kinds of love — be­tween cou­ples, be­tween grand­mother and grand­daugh­ter, mother and daugh­ter, be­tween new cou­ples.

Tess has al­ways con­fided in her grand­mother, but these days Iris is slip­ping fur­ther from her life as de­men­tia takes hold. Tess has a se­cret that will up­set ev­ery­thing in her.

At the nurs­ing home Tess meets Gigi, an older woman mak­ing some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions about her own life. They’re un­likely friends, but Tess opens up about her dilemma and Gigi takes the step she’s been con­tem­plat­ing for some time. Tess also learns Iris has her own se­crets, stored in let­ters in an old suit­case.

This is a novel, beau­ti­fully writ­ten, about find­ing hap­pi­ness and tak­ing a chance to change your life.

I found the con­nec­tion to Iris’ let­ters ten­u­ous, and rather un­nec­es­sary to the story, but this is a lovely read and highly sat­is­fy­ing, by a pol­ished and thought­ful writer.

Linda Thomp­son

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