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Live a little : a novel

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First United States edition.

At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. Her tongue, meanwhile, remains as sharp as ever. She spends her days stitching macabre messages into her needlework and tormenting her two long-suffering carers with tangled stories of her love affairs. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, get around without the aid of a walking frame, and speak without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him ever since. There's very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way and find new meaning in what's left. Could this be their chance to live a little?

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1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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Naples Library FIC JAC (Text)
Chadwick Collection
52124300375545
Checked out
12/10/2019
  Chadwick Collection
Wadsworth Library - Geneseo FIC JAC (Text)
Adult New Fiction
52150300543758
Checked out
12/07/2019
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Walworth-Seely Public Library FIC Jacobson (Text)
Adult New Materials
52129300962440
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984824219
  • ISBN: 198482421X
  • Physical Description: 290 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: London : Hogarth, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. Her tongue, meanwhile, remains as sharp as ever. She spends her days stitching macabre messages into her needlework and tormenting her two long-suffering carers with tangled stories of her love affairs. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, get around without the aid of a walking frame, and speak without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him ever since. There's very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way and find new meaning in what's left. Could this be their chance to live a little?
Subject: Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Memory disorders in old age > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
Old age > Fiction.
Older people > Fiction.
Widowers > Fiction.
London (England) > Fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
Romance fiction.


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