Story about all kinds of love a good read
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.