The brilliant life of Eudora Honeysett a novel

by Lyons, Annie,

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Summary
Wanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, a world-weary octogenarian forges an unexpected bond with an exuberant 10-year-old who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees and other social excursions.
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Booklist Review: "At 85, Eudora Honeysett has had a good life, not a great one, but one she's ready to give up on, thanks to all the heartbreak and betrayal she's endured from family, friends, and lovers. She's not depressed, she's just done and determined to face death on her own terms. As Eudora focuses on her decision to enroll at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, the Trewidney family moves in next door, and try as she might, Eudora finds it nearly impossible to ignore the spunk and sass of seven-year-old Rose, who, unaware of Eudora's plans, gamely insinuates herself into Eudora's daily routine. Although it seems that Eudora never makes it to Switzerland, British author Lyons builds a certain and compassionate case for why her protagonist wants to go through vibrant flashbacks that reveal the depth of Eudora's character and sources of despair. Teeming with curmudgeonly elders and precocious youngsters, Lyons' touching tale of intergenerational friendship is reminiscent of Frederik Backman's A Man Called Ove (2014). Despite the somber underlying subject, this is a thoroughly enchanting feel-good read."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Eudora Honeysett, a British woman in her twilight years, resolves to die on her own terms in the witty, endearing latest from Lyons (The Happiness List). After a fall on the pavement sends Eudora to the hospital, an encounter with another older woman in the waiting room ("‚ÄČ'Not long now for you and me,' she wheezed,") plants a seed in her mind, and she realizes she's through with the pains, weakness, and fatigue of old age. She applies for a voluntary death provided by a medical clinic in Switzerland and marks her "Freedom" on the calendar, counting down the days until her appointment. Lyons unfurls Eudora's life story, including her grief over losing her father in WWII, alongside a surprising new friendship for Eudora with Rose Trewidney, a 10-year-old spitfire who's moved in next door and thrust herself into the daily routine of Eudora and her widower neighbor Stanley Marcham. As Eudora's hardened exterior softens with this newfound kinship, she is still adamant about getting on with her plans ("If I can have the choice of how I live my own life, why can't I choose how to die my own death?"). Lyons strikes a winning balance, reaching deep feelings while avoiding the traps of sentimentality. Agent: Laura Macdougall, United Agents LLP. (Sept.)"
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Subjects Older women Fiction
Neighbors Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Euthanasia Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Electronic books.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :William Morrow,2020
HarperCollins2020
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780063026087
0063026082
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